5 writing tools that can improve your blogging skills
Guest post by Veronica Johnson.
Writing for the web is not an easy task. It takes many years to get to grips with this skill, but while you are undergoing this pursuit of perfection, there is always something available that can make your life a bit easier.
Here are five recommended writing tools that are designed to help you during your blogging career. We are lucky to live in an age when such writing tools have been created to lessen the load. Some may even say they are there to spoil us or even make our writing muscles a bit flabby.
But I maintain that if you use these writing tools in the most appropriate and correct way, they can do a lot of good and make a big difference to improving your blogging skills.
1. PDF OCR Converter
The PDF OCR Converter is an extremely helpful writing tool when doing research for a blog topic. It concerts PDF documents into editable Word files. You could use it to ‘translate’ particular passages or sections into something more usable, thus stopping you from having to type everything out again from scratch. What a great time and sanity saver!
Hemingway is a great writing tool to help you edit your work. It highlights complex sentences so you can change them to make better sense. It provides alternatives to unrealistic words, marks out adverbs so you can replace them with power verbs instead, and indicates where there is a passive voice so you an rewrite it into something more acceptable. Definitely a must have to make your writing more readable.
3. Power Thesaurus
If you are stuck with the definition of a particular word, the Power Thesaurus can help you with this. It also gives advice on synonyms, antonyms and even provides you with an appropriate quotation based on the word you are using. It certainly saves you having to wade through the extensive book version, and will definitely become a must-have writing tool to make your writing a bit more exciting and accessible.
I have known writers who swear by Grammarly and confess they wouldn’t be without it. It claims to be one of the world’s most accurate online grammar checkers, as well as capturing spelling mistakes and improving sentence structure and vocabulary. You can also use this writing tool to learn, so that you don’t make the same errors as before. And you can be suitably reassured your final text will be as flawless as possible.
5. Cliché Finder
The last thing you want is to have your readers flinch at a piece of writing that is full of clichés. So the writing tool Cliché Finder is perfect for hunting them out. All you need to do is to paste in the bit of text you are worried about, and anything unacceptable will be highlighted appropriately. Then you can rewrite that section or do a bit of research to find an alternative solution to solve the problem.
You can start improving your content immediately by using these writing tools. As long as you learn from the advice and suggestions they give you, you will soon begin to improve as a writer and gain more confidence in applying your skills. But above all, remember practice makes perfect, and the more you read excellent writing elsewhere, the more likely this will have an effect on your own.
If you think I’ve missed out any other writing tools that could make a difference to your writing, please let me know in the comment box below. It’s good to share so that we can all benefit.
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