Two Must-Have Resources to Help You Become a Better Writer

Two cool resources you should start using today to help you become a better writer.

When you’re a writer (like I am) one of the first things you learn how to do is adopt various ‘voices’. I have a voice I use at work when I’m writing cold technical documents like user guides. I have a completely different voice that I use when I’m blogging because I’m more personal and conversational. It’s about being adaptable.

It’s also about knowing how to write.

I have a lot of people ask me how I manage to switch styles so often and so (seemingly) effortlessly. I wish I could say it was because I’m the greatest writer of all time but the truth of the matter is that I have a lot of help from a few different websites. Let’s face it, the spelling and grammar check in Microsoft Word is only going to get you so far (and it’s not very far).

If you want to become a better writer, and you want to do it without being publicly crucified by social media grammar Nazis, then I recommend these two easy-to-use sites:

Grammarly

I like to refer to Grammarly as “the best writing website ever.” Seriously, I just love it that much. It catches far more than Microsoft Word and I don’t take it as personally as I would if it was a live person making the edits. What does it do, exactly?

  • It catches spelling and grammar errors, then suggests corrections.
  • It recognizes ambiguity in your writing and offers suggestions for clarity.
  • It calls out over-used words and recommends synonyms.
  • It identifies contextual errors (such as confusing affect and effect) and offers assistance.

If you use Chrome (as I do) there is even a browser extension so it works as you write, eliminating the need for you to open another window or program. You can sign up here for free!

Use Grammarly to check your writing before you publish online.

Tone Analyzer

If you’ve ever had your humor perceived as rude, your bluntness perceived as harsh, or your kindness perceived as patronizing, then Tone Analyzer is a site you want to begin using for your writing.

It uses linguistic analysis to detect the emotional tones of your writing, then it offers synonyms to either soften or strengthen your tone, depending on your preference. It’s crazy easy, and extremely helpful.

Improve your writing with this Tone Analyzer

I initially used the Tone Analyzer when I was writing welcome e-mails, business proposals, and notices of late payment for an invoice; I gradually began using it for e-mails and blog posts as well. It’s a fantastic tool and it is so simple.

I know you’re going to love it.

Once you try it once you’re going to be tone analyzing everything, just you wait and see.

What are your favorite writing resources? Do you use Grammarly or Tone Analyzer?

Comments

  1. These are great tools! I’m going to check out Grammarly right now because I always find myself over using certain words. Thanks for these recommendations Ashley!

    • Tone Analyzer is the best! I’ve used it for a lot of e-mails when I need to be direct or firm without being rude. I’ve sent too many things that have been misinterpreted so now, if I have any doubt at all, I check the tone analyzer first.

  2. Wow, these are great resources! I knew about Grammarly, but not the Chrome extension, so that is super helpful. And a Tone Analyzer?! I bet my Mum will say she wished I found that one as a teenager…

    • Thanks Bree! The Chrome Extension is the best. I love that it works as a type. I always have it open when I’m writing blog posts and I have definitely noticed improvement. It recognizes things that I easily overlook. It’s a cool tool.

    • Hey Emma! Somehow your comment got by me, sorry I didn’t respond until now. I love to use Tone Analyzer for my emails too. I’ll run it through there before I send it to make sure it’s sending out the message I want. It’s been really helpful.

  3. Tone is soo soo important while switching from personal writings to technical ones ! Thanks for introducing Tone Analyser, have to start using it !

    • Absolutely! I love that tool and I use it a lot to help me keep my tone in check. I can be very direct at times and it helps me be direct rather than bitchy or mean. Lol.

  4. Hello! I am looking for resources that will teach me to write. I have so many questions and just can’t seem to find any answers.
    Is there a certain age restriction to writing a book? Do you think I can write in Highschool? Also, do I need some kind of degree to become a professional author? I’ve looked for apps, websites, and viewed videos on Youtube to try to learn about writing, but so far I’ve been unsuccessful. I want to write as a Teenager, if that’s possible. And English isn’t my mother tongue but I can write and speak it fluently. If such apps or websites exist, could you please suggest some?

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