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Jul 04, 2019 23:32:00

Writing Tools

by @davidneuman | 223 words | 7🔥 | 66💌

David Neuman

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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:

  1. Reducing the number of adverbs
  2. Reducing the use of the passive voice
  3. 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!

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    @davidneuman I knew about the Hemmingway Editor, but I don't really use it, maybe I should give it a try again. On the other side, Grammarly saved me a bunch of times. I don't use their paid plan, but even the free version is great to correct common spelling and grammar issues, especially if you're not a native speaker like I am :)

    Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jul 05, 2019 06:55:25
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      @davidneuman @phaidenbauer These tools help native speakers as well. I use the paid version of Grammarly, and I am very happy with it.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 05, 2019 08:52:03
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      @davidneuman @phaidenbauer - I was just about to look up what it costs to pay for grammarly before I read @brandonwilson pays for it. I too have used the free extension, but I remember it slowing down my writing.

      What are you paying for Brandon? How much is it? How did you decide to pull the trigger? ( questions we developers would ask if we were doing research for own products )

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 12, 2019 06:07:56
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      @davidneuman @phaidenbauer @brianball I was using the free version and found it helpful. I think I opted for the premium version when I saw a deal to get a year subscription for $69. The premium version definitely seems to offer a lot more in-depth and nuanced corrections.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 12, 2019 12:16:21
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