Are you wondering what the best laptop for a writer is? Or just browsing laptop possibilities? You have come to the right place. As a web tool catered to writers of all kinds, we are uniquely able to tell you which laptops are best for writers. With each laptop review, we will also tell you for what writing the laptop is suited, be it for writing books, novels, notes, business proposals, etc.
Although I've been running this site for a while, I had yet to use or write a Grammarly review until recently! Grammarly is the best free grammar checker on the internet. About a month ago, I decided to install the Chrome plugin for the first time and have been amazed. It is a really awesome tool that helps me check the grammar in my blog as I go. Now I wanted to take some time to give a Grammarly review before I forget about the initial experience. Try Grammarly for Free What is Grammarly? The best free grammar checker! Grammarly is a free online grammar checker that lets you proofread articles, essays, emails, book chapters, and more for common grammar and spelling mistakes as well as typos. You can either write directly in their editor or upload documents you have written. There's even a Google Chrome plugin that will edit documents and blog posts created outside of the Grammarly website. I used the plugin to edit this post! Hopefully this Grammarly review will convince you that Grammarly is an amazing tool. They also offer a premium service that will uncover deeper grammatical issues and plagiarism detection. I think you’ll agree with me when I say typos and grammar mistakes are embarrassing. Grammarly takes the guesswork out of proofreading. Using Grammarly to check grammar Using Grammarly was a breeze. All I did was go to their website and create an account. I also added the Google Chrome plugin when I registered. Once I had an account, using Grammarly was very natural. The interface is very similar to Google Docs. When you first log in, you [...]
John Saito, a writer at Dropbox, recently posted on Medium a great article describing the reasons people and apps use title case and sentence case. If you haven't tried our title capitalization tool yet, we allow you to do both. John argues that while title case creates a nice symmetrical pattern for short sentences, sentence case creates a more casual and inviting visual appearances, something modern brands, such as Dropbox, will want to use. Additionally, he argues that Title Case actually makes picking out proper nouns in short sentences extremely difficult. In the example he gives below, he argues that users may not realize the "Calendar" app refers to a named app or just any generic calendar app. Source: Medium Another interesting fact John talks about is that Google and Apple use different case styles: If you’re an Apple user, you’ll notice a lot of title case throughout their products. That’s because Apple’s design guidelines recommend title case for many UI elements, including alert titles, menu items, and buttons. If you’re a Google user, you’ll see a lot more sentence case throughout their products. And that’s because Google’s design guidelines recommend sentence case for almost everything. Source: Medium To read the full article, head over to Medium.
Two spaces after a period When people used to learn how to type on a typewriter, the “two space after a period” rule was a must, since additional space was needed to show the difference between the spacing between a word which was smaller and the spacing between the sentences which was larger. The world has since changed. You’re not going to like it when I say no two spaces after a period, just use one. You were probably taught to use double space after a period in high school typing class too, but that was wrong. How do you change the habit? You can easily break the habit as I haven’t used or tempted to type two spaces for decades. Quitting two spaces after a period is not like quitting a lot of things, like smoking. You don’t find yourself in a nostalgic typewriting situation and suddenly get hit by an unexpected urge to use a double space after a period. Most people have been using two spaces after a period, as they were taught, but to correctly follow most style guides, you only need to use one which is more than enough to differentiate a sentence and words on most modern computers. The easy way to get rid of two spaces after a period If you don't want to read the whole reasoning behind using only one space after a period, there is a simple shortcut to get rid of all double spacing in your documents. Simply use the CTRL + H in most word processors on Windows and COMMAND +SHIFT + H on Mac. Then in the "Find" text box, type " " without the quotes. [...]
Now that you’ve spent the last six days improving your writing, you’ll want to showcase your improvements somewhere. Today you’ll learn where to publish your work and how to make sure it’s ready for publishing. Where can you publish your work? You have three main methods for publishing your work that vary in cost and audience size. Online Publishers Amazon is by far the most well-known online publisher. They offer Kindle Direct Publishing which allows you to instantly share your writing or books with millions of readers via Kindle ebooks, but also provide full-service publishing to fill all your publishing needs. Other notable online publishers include: AuthorHouse, Apple’s iBooks, and Lulu. A new site, Reedsy, will even help you connect with the best online publishers. External Publishers For hundreds of years, the classic way to publish books has been to find a publisher who is willing to print your book. You had to convince the publisher that your book was going to sell a lot of copies or else it wouldn’t be worth the publisher’s time and investment. In fact, many well-known authors, including JK Rowling, were turned down the first time they approached a publisher. Unless you know your book is going to be a bestseller or has gained a large following via another form of publishing, you may want to hold off on publishing externally. The four major publishing companies are: Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Livre. Other The Internet has opened many doors for amateur writers. No longer do you need a major publishing house or newspaper to publicize your writing, you can just post it [...]
We have all made grammar mistakes at some point whether in writing or when we are sending messages to other people. Social media has been detrimental to the proper use of the grammar since most people use short forms when texting which in turn affects their grammar, especially spelling. Grammar errors manifest themselves in many ways including misspellings, wrong use of tenses, and wrong punctuation. This is probably why we need copy editors when dealing with serious publications. This article will take you through some of the most common grammar mistakes that people make. 1. Run-on sentences These types or errors usually occur when two independent clauses are joined together without the right kind of punctuation. The run on sentences can be fixed by; You can decide to separate two clauses into different sentences. Use a comma with a subordinating conjunction like before, because, until, while, although, e.t.c. And lastly, only connect clauses that are closely related in thought otherwise they remain on their own. 2. Errors relating to pronouns A pronoun can be defined as a word that is used instead of a noun. Examples of pronouns include I, she, he, who, many, whose and many others. Pronouns can be divided into three: Subject pronouns like her, Object pronouns like her Possessive pronouns, for example, hers. Here are a few rules that will help you avoid pronoun grammar mistakes. Only use subject pronouns if the pronoun is the subject of the sentence. Example: He cleaned the car. You can use subject pronouns to rename the subject in a sentence. Example: This is the speaking. When using a pronoun, it should agree [...]
At times it is almost impossible to write an article without any grammatical mistakes hence the need for a copy editor. A mistake in a publication lowers the credibility of the whole company and takes a long time to regain the trust and credibility. Copy editors are people who go through a written material to correct any errors whether they are grammatical, punctuation or spelling. Some publications may have a particular style in which they want their articles to be written and copy editors go through the materials to make sure all the rules have been followed. A copy refers to the written material, whether handwritten or typed. In news publications, a copy editor also looks for mistakes that could them in trouble like defamatory statement and errors regarding facts. Depending on the publication policies, the copy editor can rewrite what they feel does not conform to the organization's guidelines. Some, however, prefer to return the copy to the editor who had assigned the work rather than rewrite it. Many people do not distinguish between copy editing and line editing. Line editing involves looks at the creativity, and the language used to in writing and do not necessarily focus on spelling and grammar. So What Exactly Does a Copy Editor Do? A good copy editor should have a command of language so that they can effectively point out the mistakes in a copy. A copy editor corrects grammatical errors, punctuation, and spelling. Corrects wrong usage of word or phrases Changes passive voices to active voices if there is the need to do so. Gets rid of unnecessary words and inappropriate jargon in a copy. Removes [...]
The best way to get better at writing is to seek criticism from peers and mentors who are invested in your journey to becoming a better writer. No one gets better without feedback, and writing is no exception. When I say to seek criticism, that does not necessarily mean asking someone to proofread your writing. Rather, have your coach evaluate your entire writing and suggest ways to improve. What is constructive criticism? Constructive criticism is feedback you receive from someone else about your writing. Feedback can focus on any number of things related to your writing, including: tone/mood, grammar, vocabulary, flow, captivating intros, etc. A solid mentor, which we’ll discuss in the next section, will be able to provide you with feedback on all of these areas and help you identify the areas where you need to get better. Where can you seek constructive criticism? While you can always seek relatives or friends as writing coaches, the Internet has also opened up a whole host of other resources. From Subreddits about writing to online proofreading tools, you have access to writers and editors from around the world. Family and Friends Family and friends will probably be the most convenient sources who can provide feedback on your writing. While they may not be professional writers or editors, they can provide you with a general compass for your writing. Be wary of feedback from friends and family though, as it may not be as useful as criticism from strangers since people you know may hide your weaknesses so as to not offend you. Online Forums The Internet is filled with forums that allow you to interact [...]
It is important that you define your audience for writing. Understanding who you are writing for will determine the tone of your writing. Knowing who you are writing for will allow you to better captivate your audience. Determine Who Will Read Your Writing The first step that you need to take to define your audience is to determine who will read your writing. You will need to figure out if the audience that you are writing for is primarily technical, business, or leisurely. You will then need to look at the demographics within those groups to ensure that you are able to write in a manner that will grab their attention. Who is Your Primary Audience? To determine your primary audience, you need to think about who is going to be reading your work. There are three main audiences that you will need to consider: Business Technical Leisure Once you have determined which category your writing falls into, you will need to determine the demographics of the category that you are trying to reach. Each category will need to be broken down further to refine your audience. Business If your writing will be business-focused, you need to make sure that you are familiar with the business for which you will be writing. When you are writing for business there are a couple of questions that you will want to ask yourself: What type of business am I writing for? Is my primary audience male or female? What is the average age of people in this type of business? Am I teaching or informing? Once you have answered these questions, you should have a general [...]
Writing is a time consuming creative process to begin with, so why waste more of that time with formatting, planning, etc. Here are five of the tools many writers find to be invaluable. 1. Grammarly - Grammar Checker Grammarly is the best all-around grammar and format checker there is. It checks over 250 different points about your grammar, including style, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure. It even has plagarism detection! They have a free Chrome extension that gives you feedback real-time, but you can also pay $29.95/mo to use their web-interface and use their full functionality. 2. Trello - Planning Made Simple Trello is an awesome tool for managing both your writing and your team's. It allows you to easily create categories (I normally use classic Kanban style "To Do," "Doing," "Done"), create tasks in each of those categories, then assign or color code those tasks. Moving the task cards is as simple as clicking on one and dragging. Trello is 100% free unless you want some advanced features such as integrations with external apps, larger file attachments, etc. Give it a try! They have a free Chrome extension that gives you feedback real-time, but you can also pay $29.95/mo to use their web-interface and use their full functionality. 3. Google Docs You probably already use Google Docs and Sheets, but they are definitely worth mentioning. Google Docs has almost the exact same features as Microsoft Word, is cloud based, and can be edited real-time by anyone on your team. Google Docs makes requesting feedback on your work super simple. Instead of emailing a Word [...]