As we move further and further into the Age of Information, writing Good, I mean writing well, is a skill that can set us apart from the other plebs out there.
More and more we are writing email, banging out tons of text, posting things on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The ability to express ourselves in a clear, concise manner is taken for granted.
There are some great resources out there to help improve our weak points.
Lynda.com has some excellent courses that cover personal communication as well as writing and punctuation.
is a website with a stack of great writing resources, for example this article on compelling copy.
We need to improve our writing skills to:
create better funding requests
write more credible business plans
write better newsletters
create better adverts
Writing is a critical part of nearly all our jobs.
Due the brain’s amazing plasticity it never to late to learn or improve.
It would be worth investing some time in this critical area of our lives.
A great tool to consider is Grammarly. They claim to be the world’s most accurate grammar checker and I believe them.
Check out: www.grammarly.com
You can add it for free to your web browser, Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari and it can run in your Gmail, Facebook posts, Twitter and more…FREE. It also works in the back end of WordPress. (No more silly mistakes for me then.)
It offers synonyms for words you might over use in your text; it provides suggested improvements to your text, catches spelling errors, helps fix punctuation and check sentence structure. MS Word does this you say – Yes – but not to the level that Grammarly does.
There is a downloadable desktop app that allows you to work offline. You can also upload files to run through them. Currently, there is a limit of up to 20 pages (36 000 characters), but hey are working on increasing this. I really can’t wait for this because I often check books with 300 pages or more.
The paid version at $29 a month gets you:
150 critical grammar and spelling checks
100+ additional advanced grammar and spelling checks
Vocabulary enhancement suggestions
Genre-specific writing style checks
Plagiarism detector that checks more than 8 billion web pages
They offer a better price if you pay quarterly and then an even better price for an annual payment.
I am a big fan of the online Handbook they have up on their site which has focused information on grammar, punctuation, sentence mechanics as well as sentence style and clarity. Nice Grammarly!
Grammarly is definitely worth the spend, it will make you look like a pro.