By: Gina Mason
In PR, writing is part of the job description. Whether it is writing press releases, statements, speeches, fact sheets or social media posts, we pretty much write #alldayeveryday (not to mention the hundreds of emails we send a week). However, the art of writing doesn’t come easily for many people (just like calculus might as well be written in Mandarin to me) and some can become overwhelmed with the simple task of putting the written word on paper.
For those that struggle with writing, don’t fear! Most of your struggles can be solved with some sort of technology these days (que Apple’s “There’s An App for That” commercial). Here are some great tools that I discovered thanks to an article on Entrepreneur.com and I hope they help with your next writing project:
Grammarly – “This writing tool can be used in both Microsoft Word and Outlook and is kind of like having your English teacher standing over your shoulder, suggesting edits and corrections to improve your writing. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to catch those common grammar errors and get suggestions for stronger vocabulary substitutions.”
“The free Hemingway app “makes your writing bold and clear” by highlighting potential edits. Different colors help you spot sentences that are too long or too dense, complex words, adverbs that can be eliminated, and places where you’re incorrectly using passive voice. By writing within the Hemingway app, you can pare down your ideas to their most concise form.”
“Airstory is an outlining tool for writers who want to plan their stories within a simple drag-and-drop tool. Using Airstory, you can create searchable, taggable cards that you then organize and drop into an outline, complete with headings, subheadings, and more. For individuals who struggle to plan and organize content, this resource eliminates the need for hundreds of notecards and makes the outlining process clean, simple, and easy to manipulate. Still in its early days, this tool is free to use for those granted early access.”
OneLook Reverse Dictionary
“For those moments when you have a word on the tip of your tongue (but can’t for the life of you think of it), there’s the free OneLook Reverse Dictionary. You type the concept into the search bar, and it generates a list of words and phrases that match your query.”
I hope you found these tools to be helpful and to read the rest of the article, here is the link: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/250503 Good luck and happy writing!
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