Valuable Blogging Tools to Improve Your Writing

Valuable Blogging Tools to Improve Your Writing

Are you looking for blogging tools to help improve your writing?

Writing is something that is difficult to master. This is especially true with all the grammar rules language has. From subject-verb agreement to run-on sentences, there are so many grammatical rules to follow. These rules are difficult to keep track of. Plus, our average word processors sometimes miss them.

In this post, I will be reviewing three writing tools to help enhance your writing skills:

Grammarly

Grammarly Writing Tool

Grammarly steps up to the plate and detects up to 10 times more mistakes. You can use Grammarly to help. It has been called the world’s most accurate grammar checker.

“Grammarly out-performed Word’s grammar and spell-checker by far.”
-Lilian Nattel, Writer, Toronto, Canada

Grammarly’s feature’s include:

  • Grammar Scan
    Grammarly scans your text for over 250 grammar rules proper usage. This includes everything from subject-verb agreement to pronoun errors and everything between.

  • Advanced Spell Checking
    Grammarly contextual spell checks your writing. This tool allows you to avoid embarrassing misspelled or misplaced mistakes. For example, Grammarly checks for proper use of different forms of words.

  • Improved Vocabulary
    Grammarly improves your vocabulary by offering word choice suggestions. This can help take your writing to the next level. Use your words to make an impact and improve your readability with Grammarly.

Choose the Best Plan for You
Pick the plan that is the best for you and your business. Currently, Grammarly is having a special promo and has all their plans for 20% off. Also, if you are not satisfied with Grammarly in one week, you can get your money back.

  • Grammarly’s Monthly Plan
    Originally $37.95, but with the 20% discount, you can use Grammarly for only $29.95 per month.

  • Grammarly’s Quarterly Plan
    The Quarterly Plan was originally $24.98 per month. With the 20% discount reduces the price to $19.98 per month. This payment is billed as one payment of $59.95.

  • Grammarly’s Annual Plan
    For year-long access to Grammarly, all you have to pay is $14.58. With yet with the 20% discount its $11.66 per month. This payment is billed as one payment of $139.95.

Hemingway Editor

Hemingway Editor
Hemingway Editor is another writing tool you can use to help with your writing.

This tool takes editing to the next level. Write and edit within the app or paste something you would like to edit. Then begin editing. It’s all up to you.

Here’s how the Hemingway Editor can help you edit:

  • Yellow Highlight
    Sentences that are hard to read are highlighted in yellow. If you have a yellow sentence in your writing try to place the period sooner by making the sentence shorter. Or, you can try to split your sentence into two.

  • Red Highlight
    Red sentences are sentences that are hard to read. This means that the sentence is confusing and that you may lose your readers. You can try to get rid of the red highlight by editing the sentence. Hemingway Editor updates in real time to show you your progress.

  • Blue Highlight
    Words that are highlighted in blue are adverbs. Hemingway suggests getting rid of them and replacing with verbs instead.

  • Green Highlight
    This indicates a use of a passive voice. Hemingway suggests using a certain number or fewer depending on how many words you have.

  • Formatting Text
    You can format your writing from right inside the Hemingway Editor app. Formatting options include:

    • Bold
    • Italicize
    • Create bullets
    • Create a numbered list
    • Outdent
    • Indent
    • Create a hyperlink
    • Choose which style you would like to view your writing in.
  • Readability
    Hemingway Editor has the ability to see what readability your writing is. Edit your writing more to get a better understanding from every reader.

  • Summary
    The Hemingway Editor offers what I am going to call a summary spot. Click on the more arrow on the right and you can learn updated numbered statistics on your writing. These statistics include paragraphs, sentences, words, characters, letters, and average reading time.

Hemingway Editor is free to use in the Internet browser of your choice. To give it a test run, please see: www.hemingwayapp.com

If you would like to write and edit offline, you may be interested in Hemingway Editor 2. This is an app is designed to help you use the editors features offline. With just $9.99 you can buy the app for Mac OSX or for Windows to gain access to the editing tools mentioned above.

Draft Writing Tool

Draft Writing Tool

Distraction free writing is something that is hard to find. With menus calling your name to click on them, you may lose your train of thought while writing. This isn’t a problem with the Draft writing tool.

Draft is something I haven’t ever come in contact with before. Think of it as an advanced way to write anything. This writing could be a blog article, an email, memo, you name it all for your business or just for you. All while minimizing distractions.

Top Benefits of Draft

  • Feedback
    One of the top benefits of Draft is that you can share with your collaborators. You can an entire folder to avoid sharing links and sending emails back and forth.

  • Keep Many Versions
    While collaborating with team members, you don’t have to worry. Any changes a collaborator makes on their own document are sent to you. You can accept or ignore each change made on a master copy.

  • Get Professional Help
    If you are ever writing and need someone to help edit, but don’t have anyone, you can ask a professional. You can accept or ignore any changes made by the professional within Draft. For $6, you can get 15 minutes of edit time. Or for $18 you can receive 45 minutes of editing. Plus, if you don’t like the results, you will be refunded immediately.

  • Create Easy Presentations
    You can make a presentation within Draft. Just by separating each slide in your Draft document with at least three hyphens. This feature is handy for when you don’t need a complex presentation.

  • Save the Editing for Later
    Sometimes it’s hard to write and get your full idea across when your brain is striving for perfection. This is especially true when you are trying to edit your current work. Draft has a Hemingway Mode to help with this issue.

    Ernest Hemingway stated, “Write drunk; edit sober.” This feature is based off the quote and helps block out the ability to edit. Once turned on, Draft will turn off your ability to delete anything, which forces you to edit later. This feature is beneficial to get all your ideas down on paper.

These are just a few of my favorite features of Draft. You can check out all the benefits of Draft by going to www.docs.withdraft.com

Draft gets rid of distractions and offers many wonderful tools to help you write better. Try Draft for free by going to www.draftin.com

Write On

I hope that at least one of these tools will help you become a better writer. Whether it be for your business or for yourself, I would encourage you to check these tools out. Grammarly, Hemingway Editor, and Draft can help you write better.

Have you used any of these resources before? What do you think of them? I would love to hear what you have to say! Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Disclosure
I am not being or is R & R Web Design LLC compensated for the reviews of Grammarly, Hemingway App or Draft. In addition, I am not, nor is R & R Web Design LLC, an affiliate in any form.

Chloe Zeabari is a summer intern and writer for R & R Web Design LLC. Currently, she is a student attending Oakland University. She is passionate about sharing ideas through writing to help others. She is able to bring her young knowledge to the table to provide others with new insight.

This article was published on: July 31, 2015 and was last modified March 29, 2016
2 comments on “Valuable Blogging Tools to Improve Your Writing
  1. Theodore Nwangene says:

    This is really cool Cloe,
    What usually separate great writers from mediocre writers is the tools they use. Its no doubt that you’ll always do better if you employ the necessary and right tools for your writing.

    I’ve heard of Grammarly before but have never tried it. The other 2 tools you mentioned are also very useful as your post implied and I’m going to take a closer look at them as soon as possible.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Theodore,

      Thank you for stopping by, for reading Chloe’s article, and for you input. I’m glad that you found this helpful. If you do try the Hemingway App and Draft, please let us know what you think.

      ~ Robin

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