I consider myself a good writer. I made good grades in my English classes in high school and this led me to major in English in college. During my college years, I had my first Byline in a magazine, wrote for the college newspaper, served as an editor of a leadership journal, and wrote tons and tons of papers. I even got my first taste of what it is like to get paid for something I wrote. Over the years, I have become good at self-editing. And I am known to my friends and colleagues as the go-to-person to help them improve their written communication.
But I can’t take all the credit. Of course, I have to thank Microsoft Word for helping to correct spelling and grammatical errors and thanks to my editors and beta readers (Also known as my family). Let me tell you. They do not let me off the hook just because I am family. LOL.
Still, there are some additional tools that I credit for helping supercharge my writing life and urge you to try them too.
A Few Tools to Supercharge Your Writing Life
- Grammarly. Grammarly is a spell-checker and so much more. Not only does it make recommendations on changing or deleting unnecessary words, but it also helps with punctuation.
What I love about Grammarly is that it gives you an overall score on your writing as it analyzes the correctness, clarity, engagement level, and delivery. The free version, which I currently use, is helpful, but there is a premium version as well.
- Scrivener. For those writing books, Scrivener is a powerful word processor that is great for organizing your project. Of course, you can use it for any writing project as Scrivener has templates to help you write everything from poems to essays to recipes.
What I love about Scrivener is the ability to outline my book, create character sketches, save notes, research, and even photos to help inspire scenes in the book. Scrivener is available for a one-time fee.
- Computer Glasses. As you continue to work on your writing, remember to take breaks to help your eyes. But computer glasses can also help to relieve digital eye strain.
Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is a result of increased screen time. Symptoms can include headaches, eye twitching, dry eyes, red eyes, and more. The glasses serve to reduce the effects of blue light emitting from your devices. (I recommend talking to your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or think you need computer glasses.)
Do you have any more recommendations for us writers? What tools are you using to help supercharge your writing life?
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~ Until Next Time