It’s my pleasure today to have guest writer Nikolas Baron of Grammarly in San Franciso tell us how to improve our wordsmithing skills. Whether you’re an experienced veteran, or a new writer trying to remember those high school English grammar rules, he has tips for you. Read on to find out about options and resources for writing your best manuscript.
How Online Resources Can Help You Start Writing
When I was in fifth grade, I wanted to be the best writer in the class. Turns out I still struggled with basic mechanics that kept me in the B+/A- range. I was so frustrated that I vowed to myself by the end of middle school I would become a grammar genius. And I did. If you’re looking to become a writer, you have to start from the ground up. No amount of hoping, dreaming, or talent will save you from poor grammar, bad punctuation, and failed proofreading.
How Online Resources Can Help improve your writing
Building a house takes skilled professionals, great ideas, and amazing design. Those perfectly picturesque houses on HGTV look great because their bones are great. The framework that they’re built upon is carefully crafted. You should take this same approach to your writing when you’re just starting out.
But what if you’re past the age of schooling and you feel as if you’ve forgotten everything your English teacher taught you? Fear not! There are resources out there to help you re-learn, unlearn, and regular learn everything you need to know about writing.
When you’re no longer in school, it can be hard to figure out where to turn for help. That’s why the recent growth of online resources should be something you take advantage of. Even veteran writers turn to websites like Poets and Writers, books like Writer’s Market, and websites like Grammarly to help them grow. Without writing professors to help you keep up on trends, professional writers need to learn which resources are helpful and actually hold up their end of the bargain.
The Resources for writers
Poets and Writers covers aspects of writing like agents, writing prompts, publishers, and boards for writers to communicate with other writing and editing professionals. They offer a variety of outlets for writers to find what they’re looking for. If you want to sign-up for a contest or a conference, Poets and Writers has you covered. If you want to find an agent that publishes the type of fiction you write, you can surf through the vast amounts of listing they have to find the perfect fit. If you’re looking for writing help for beginners, Poets and Writers has heaping lists of books and sources to read to help you improve and build your writing framework.
Writer’s Market is the quintessential writer’s handbook. It has agents, publications, advice, how much you should charge for freelancing, the works. Every writer I’ve talked to has a copy and loves it to death. I recently read one of the beginning sections that talked about how to make blogging your full-time occupation. If you’re a beginning writer, this could be a very lucrative place to start. Blogs are popping up every day and they’re looking for starting writers to help grow their content. When you’re starting out as a beginner, it’s key to pick up a copy of Writer’s Market to help you learn what editors are looking for and how you can make money as a writer.
Grammarly is an online proofreading, teaching, and overall help tool that can teach you the basics without overly complicating things. The website is set up to help you identify your most common mistakes, how to avoid them, clean up your work, and help you improve your writing. Many other tools focus on one aspect of writing. Grammarly focuses on all the mechanics of writing as well as connecting you with other writers, which makes it a completely comprehensive tool. They have explanations of everything from simple grammar mistakes to extremely complicated uses for punctuation. This resource can give you the tools you need to build your framework from the ground up.
Nose to the Grindstone
You’ve now got the tools to start building the foundation of your writing. Take your drive and love for writing and make it happen. One of the hardest things about writing is getting started. Don’t let your chance to grow as a writer escape you by failing to take advantage of these essential resources.
By Nikolas Baron
the man behind the name Nikolas Baron
Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown children’s novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, travelling, and reading.