I came across this interesting post yesterday on freeCodeCamp's news page. It got me thinking about the different tools out there that aim to help us improve our writing. As typical for many, I tend to write down what comes to mind at the moment. This often involves structuring my sentences in similar ways without thought to how I can improve them. This is a close-minded approach which can inhibit my writing skills from flourishing.
The Hemingway Editor is a great tool for three things when it comes to analyzing written content:
- Reducing the number of adverbs
- Reducing the use of the passive voice
- Shortening complicated sentences
As it turns out, these are the very things that we should seek to avoid when writing blog posts for example. It makes for an excellent tool for editing posts before publishing them.
Another tool I have started using is the free Chrome extension for Grammarly. It's great for fixing small, silly mistakes while you are in the midst of writing such as omitting commas.
It's important to be confident in your skills as a writer. Yet certain tools allow us to refine our personal writing style instead of imposing strict criteria or guidelines. These tools have been working great for me recently. Feel free to share any other writing tools you use or know about!