I wouldn’t say that I’m a Grammar Nazi, but I do strongly prefer orderly, intelligent, meaningful writing.
Strong communication skills are critical for success, and, if you’re reading this, writing is a major form of communication in the culture you live in. And yes, I know I ended that sentence in a preposition.
But Gray, I’ve Never Been a Good Writer
I know. Between nature and nurture, you may (like me) not be the next Pulitzer Prize winner.
But don’t let excuses get in the way of your improvement. I’m here to share three quick tools to help you improve your writing immediately.
This slick little tool has made me appear to be a better writer, while simultaneously making me a worse writer.
As a general rule, I’ve stopped thinking about capitalization rules because I just plug my titles into this free tool, copy the result, and paste it where I need it.
Voilà, problem solved.
Let’s say you’ve finished writing anything — could be a paper, a report, an email, this blog post, etc. Now you want to see if you’ve made any blatant errors, or if there are some subtleties that could be improved. Sure would be nice if there was a tool to help you do that.
Similar functionality to Hemingway, but Writefull functions a little differently. Instead of using it’s own writing interface, you just keep using what you already like (Microsoft Word, Gmail, etc.).
You just select your text and Writefull gives you a little popover with options to improve what you’ve written. Check out their video overview:
A couple quick additional resources for you to check out:
- Draft (awesome for version control, like GitHub, and for collaborative writing)
- Scrivener (hefty, paid, writing app – probably not for the faint of heart)
- Marked 2 (good option if you like writing in markdown)
- Phraseology (iPad app)