Content marketing involves lots of writing: blogs, e-books, white papers, short-form writing on the social channels, newsletters and much more. Most content creators don’t have the luxury of an in-house editor or the capital to shoot a completed piece to an e-lance editor for review. So they turn to books, websites and blogs that cover writing style and grammar. It’s all the rage these days as Forbes, Why Grammar Counts At Work, The Wall Street Journal, This Embarrasses You and I* and other media can attest. Our own Top 10 Legal Writing Blogs quickly became one of our more popular posts this year.
When you go hunting online for grammar and style guides, check out these very helpful, free websites and blogs:
– This award winning site offers tips and grammar exercises to help you learn and remember all the grammar rules on punctuation, word choice, and more. If you prefer to listen to the weekly tips, subscribe to the Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing podcast.
– Copy and paste your post or article into Grammarly for an automated proofread. It reviews and improves your text, correcting grammar, spelling, word choice and style mistakes. It also helps you check for plagiarism by comparing your texts against over 8 billion documents. There’s also a paid version for around $20/month which gives you details on the problems the program discovers and fixes them. Grammarly
GrammarBase, a free “copy & paste” site that checks for grammar, punctuation, style, plagiarism and contextual spelling.
– Not sure of the meaning of a particular word? Or, looking for synonyms? Go to dictionary.com, look up the word, and click on the Thesaurus tab. Thesaurus.com
– One of my favorite writing sites, Daily Writing Tips, does just that: it delivers a daily grammar, spelling, punctuation or vocabulary tip to your inbox or RSS reader. Daily Writing Tips
– Created by inspirational author, Jane Straus, who wrote GrammarBook.com The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, this site covers grammar and punctuation rules.
– This is the original work of the classic, Strunk and White’s style manual on how to write clear, correct English. The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
– Written by Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman, authors of five books about the English language and more than half a century of experience as writers and editors, this blog offers frequently published posts on grammar, etymology, usage, and more. Grammarphobia
– Authored by Washington State University’s Paul Brians, this site goes into detail about, well, common erros in english, and proper usage. Other university grammar sites include: Common Errors in English Usage Guide to Grammar and Style, Grammar Handbook, and Modern English Grammar.
– Get free daily English grammar lessons and exercises delivered to your inbox. Topics and categories include prepositions, punctuation, business writing, exercises and style guide. English Grammar
– Sections to choose from include Word & Sentence Level, Essay & Research Paper Level, Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices, and Peripherals & PowerPoints. Guide to Grammar and Writing
Many of these sites, of course, offer the same advice, but formats, design, and delivery vary, so choose a couple that suit your needs and aesthetic, and bookmark or subscribe to them.
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