Five Online Resources That Will Improve Your Writing
By Garrett Moon on February 15, 2011 in News.
Yesterday we published an important post about content marketing. This type of marketing is crucial, because it is at the center of what this Internet marketing is all about. That said, if you are seriously looking to start using content as a major part of your marketing puzzle you will need to have a decent writing foundation beneath you.
Now, don’t worry, I am no poet either. I learn to write better each day, and there is a long road ahead of me. Here are a few resources that I like that have helped me along the way.
This is probably my favorite blog on the entire Internet, aside from this one. It is full of great articles on writing and Internet marketing. Seriously, it will blow your mind. I have been reading this blog for years and it is undoubtedly one of the most significant resources in my arsenal.
I have two sites that I will be entering into this category of online proofreading. Paper Rater is a free service with some basic grammar and editing capabilities. I have been using it to double-check my posts and while it doesn’t catch everything, it catches more than the usual spell checker does. This service is focused on education, which makes it a bit hairy for blogging, but the basic principals are there.
This is a new grammar checking site that I am currently trying and will probably end up paying for. It is Paper Rater plus a whole lot more. Grammarly offers additional suggestions on synonyms and writing style that I just don’t get anywhere else. It has a clean user interface and has treated me well so far. It isn’t cheap, but it ain’t bad either. It looks like it will be worth the investment.
What link list would be complete without Google? I use google as a spell-check constantly. If I run up against a word that befuddles me, off to Google I go. It is a million times more accurate that my computers spell check and it catches those odd everyday words that are more slag-like and less dictionary-like. I am also a heavy Google Docs user, which is perfect for writing and jotting down thoughts on the move.
This is certainly an odd duck on this list, but it is a point worth making. I have mentioned Chris on this blog before. He is a smart guy and has a simple, conversational, writing style. I am not sure that he would consider himself a writer any more than I do, but he has definitely shown me that just writing in your normal every-day voice is the way to go. His blog is easy to read and easy to like. I am willing to bet that there is a blog or two out there that could serve as an example for your writing. Most of what I have learned from Chris on writing is just through being a reader.
What are some of yours?
Do you have any sites that have influenced or become essential to your writing? I know there are a lot of other sites out there. Heck, here’s 50 of them! Share some that have caught your eye or have at least made an appearance in your bookmarks.