4 Helpful Sites to Keep Your Writing Fresh and Error Free
Whether it's a cover letter, resume, article or even just a very important email, we all need help with writing from time to time. Even the best writers get stuck every now and again, and there's no shame in looking to outside resources for help in elevating our prose. Here are four great grammar friendly websites to help us makes sure that our writing is clear, concise, and cohesive.
Grammar Girl is a writer after my own heart. She knows how to spark up a good conversation and make a seemingly boring topic such as grammar, interesting. She delivers just what she promises – quick tips with a side wit and humor. If you don't feel like browsing her site, you can always listen to her daily pod casts which feature different grammar related topics. I love the fact that she often strives to show the rules of grammar visually. Check out her latest diagram about the usage of the oxford comma. Not sure how to use it (or even what it is)? You will after you see this infographic!
Grammarly is one of the most popular stops for writers around the web. Use their online grammar checker to instantly find and correct over 250 types of grammatical mistakes. This method finds and corrects over ten times more mistakes than just using your word processor alone. Working while weary? Grammarly can check your text for accidental plagiarism against a database of over 8 million documents. Now that's thorough. Follow them on Facebook for a daily dose of knowledge. I have Grammarly bookmarked and use it on a regular basis.
I often turn to Merriam-Webster when writing about specific topics and need cold hard explanations about words that are foreign to me. It might seem “old school” to go to a regular old dictionary for advice, but you can really learn a lot from hitting the basics. Merriam-Webster online also offers a handy synonym guide that keeps your writing fresh. Try taking the “How Strong Is Your Vocabulary,” test your current knowledge. I also love following the trend watch section, which gives detailed definitions of words that are associated with current events.
The Owl at Purdue University offers online grammar courses that are ideal for writers who want to sharpen their skills. You can also submit writing questions to Purdue writing tutors as well as sign up for one on one virtual consultations. Check out the Grammar Gang blog, which offers daily tips and how-tos for improving your writing. This is also a great site for help with research and citation. So those of you who are out taking classes for a master's degree can look to this site for some free help.
Momprenuers, how do you keep your writing fresh and free from errors?