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How To Write Better… Instantly!

Have you ever cast your eye over a well-written piece of content and thought to yourself – “I wish I could write like that” or “I wish I knew how to write better”? Well, if you have, then this article is for you. I’m not only going to reveal a way to improve your writing, but a way to improve your writing instantly!

Why Write Better

Writing is certainly a valuable skill for business owners. This is especially true if you have any form of web-presence. Imagine trying to read a webpage with multiple spelling and grammatical errors… chances are that you would simply click away.

There are basic principles to remember when it comes to your content:

  1.  To effectively engage your audience you need to be able to tell a story…
  2.  To effectively convert your audience to customers you need to be able to influence with your words alone…

If you can do these two things, then your business has a much higher chance of success.

Producing written content is a way to build authority in your niche and the better written your content is, the more likely it is to convey your message to the right people. Think of someone that you would deem influential… chances are they are prolific content creators. Now think of that same person… would you still think highly of them if their writing is littered with spelling and grammatical errors?

How to Write Better

There are three areas in writing that you need to keep in mind when it comes to improving your writing. These are:

  • Spelling,
  • Grammar, and
  • Originality.

Luckily, I know a way to improve these three areas of writing instantlyGrammarly is a writing app that proofreads your writing in real time. Let’s take a look at how Grammarly can help improve your writing instantly.

How to write better

Spelling

If your content contains spelling errors then it diminishes your authority with your audience. They may question your attention to detail, and wonder whether you’re the expert that they have been seeking. Because of this, spell checking is vital for written content.

Grammarly spell checks in real time. I have been using the app for close to two years and in that time written hundreds of thousands of words. It doesn’t matter how much I write, I still make basic spelling errors from time-to-time. It’s not that I don’t know how to spell a word, it’s simply because I am human and to be human is to occasionally make mistakes. Grammarly picks these mistakes up in real time and highlights any errors so I can fix them up before those errors get buried in more writing.

Whilst Grammarly is accurate when it comes to spell-checking, you need to bear in mind that there can be ‘false errors’. This is where Grammarly flags a word as being misspelt when in fact it is correct. Some examples of this are names of people/places or technical words/abbreviations in some professions. With the Grammarly app, you can simply ask it to ignore this word so that it is no longer flagged in your writing.


How to write better instantly

Grammar

The English word is complex, which makes contextually correct grammar hard at times. Poor grammar makes your writing hard to consume and understand. This is problematic since we live in a world of instant gratification – if your content isn’t easily consumable then your audience is only ever one mouse click away from leaving your site and never returning.

The Grammarly app is smart enough to read and understand your writing in real time. This means that if you add a word to your sentence that changes its context, the app will adjust its understanding of your writing. This will sometimes lead to correction suggestions in the app that change as you write and add to your content.

I personally have found this feature vital. I tend to think (and type) fast, which results in missing words and sometimes grammatical errors. I use the Grammarly app to identify where I have been ‘thin’ on my writing so that I can go back and either correct or flesh out my thoughts.

How to write better grammar

Originality

Google places a heavy emphasis on original content. In fact, they may even penalize your website if it doesn’t feature unique content. This is something you want to avoid at all costs since Google penalization can result in lower domain authority for your site and decreased traffic. I’m guessing that you’re producing content to increase traffic, so a decrease probably isn’t a good thing…

Unfortunately, Google doesn’t know whether plagiarism is unintentional or not so we really need to be aware of the originality of our content. The only real way to do this is to run a ‘plagiarism check’ before hitting publish.

Luckily, Grammarly has a plagiarism checker so you can be assured that your content is original.

how to write better original content

Bringing It All Together

Even though Grammarly improves your writing instantly, you will also notice that the app will pick up fewer errors over time. I believe that this is because the app is “teaching” us how to write better, meaning that we make fewer errors upfront with our writing and therefore there are fewer errors for Grammarly to notify you of.

Now that you know how to instantly improve your writing, it’s time to take some action. Grammarly is will help make your writing clear, mistake-free and effective and the best thing about it is that you can check critical grammar and spelling completely free of charge. There is a premium option that has over 400 checks and features as well – including plagiarism checking.

The app comes as an online editor, a downloadable app, or a Chrome extension meaning that no matter where you are writing you can be sure that your spelling and grammar is spot on. There is even an iPhone app that adds a keyboard in your options which means that even your writing on your mobile can be checked!

I encourage you to try Grammarly for a week to see if it improves your writing. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the app in the comments below.

Author: Shane

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  1. Excellent article, really hit home with a few pointers I suffer from in my blogging activities. 

    The main gripe I have with my writing is grammar these days – I’m sure I never used to be this bad when I was in school. If I’m honest with you, I had no idea how far my writing and grammar skills had dropped until I started blogging several years ago. 

    Grammarly has been mentioned to me before but I was always under the impression it was a paid app – is there a free version?

    1. Hi Chris, 

      Thanks so much for commenting on my blog, I really appreciate you taking the time!

      Yes, Grammarly certainly does have a free version. You should give it a try! It picks up spelling and grammatical errors. The premium version picks up many more advanced errors, but the free version is more than enough to get you started. 

      Hope that helps Chris!

      Cheers, 

      Shane

  2. Hi Shane thanks for the well written article explaining how to use an app to help with spelling and grammar. As you mention, it’s very off-putting to land on a website, start reading then be hit with poor spelling. It makes me ping off the site straight away. To my way of thinking, if the author cannot be bothered to check their spelling, they probably don’t bother to check the information they are giving the reader either. 

    1. Hi Ann, 

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my blog, I really appreciate it!

      You’re exactly right… poor spelling and grammar can affect how you feel about a site. 

      Thanks again Ann. 

      Cheers, 

      Shane

  3. Thanks for sharing. I have been using Grammarly for a while and I have to say I am very impressed with the software. These days, I will just write my content in Grammarly, let it fix up all my errors then copy the whole thing over to my blog. So convenient!

  4. Hi Shane. Thank you for your article on ‘How to write Better’. I believe you have touched on some very important aspects of writing blogs on line. I have noticed to many people have serious spelling errors within there article. Some errors can be acceptable but when every few words a spelt wrong it’s enough to put people off reading the blog. I have to admit that at times I struggle with spelling words, and I usually check out the correct spelling on Google. How mush easier would it be to have a program that does this for you. Can you tell me if Grammarly is available as a plug in for wordpress? Thanks Jim   

    1. Hi Jim, 

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my blog. 

      Grammarly isn’t really available as a plugin for WordPress… but it is available as a plugin for Chrome. So, if you have WordPress open in Chrome, you will get all the spell checking and grammar checking benefits. 

      I hope that helps. 

      Cheers, 

      Shane

  5. Wow that is pretty sweet. I just wrote an article on how to write better. I then thought about Grammarly and wanted to know more about it. The free trial is exactly what I need. The extra help in grammar and spelling is a great add on for me. 

    I write a lot of content. I do not want Grammar and spelling to be my focus. But instead my content. So that is why I am interested in this. 

    I have a question. Will Grammarly go back over my already written content as well? 

    1. Hi Ceddy, 

      You hit the nail on the head… you should focus on your content and ‘outsource’ the spelling and grammatical checks!

      You can copy your existing content and paste it into Grammarly to locate any errors. Once you’ve edited the content in Grammarly, you can simply copy and paste it back to where it needs to go. 

      I hope that helps. 

      Cheers, 

      Shane

  6. I use Grammarly on my iPhone and it keeps me fairly error free. Sometimes when I am on the go, I find it necessary to write a story on my cell phone. Not my first choice, but sometimes it is necessary for the newspaper job I currently have. It is nice to use the app to make sure I’m writing and spelling things correctly.

    I use the free version, but I am curious about the premium version that includes the plagiarism checker. Do you feel that it is worth the expense to have it? Is it a monthly charge or a one time purchase? Do you know if it will work on a MacBook?

    Thank you and I look forward to your reply!

    1. Hi Karin, 

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my blog. I really appreciate it!

      I personally use the paid version because of the additional grammatical errors it uncovers. It makes my writing for the documents I produce in my business significantly better. I also use it online due to the plagiarism checker… I once had a writer who worked for me who basically copied an article, rather than write something herself. This caused me a bit of panic as I didn’t want to get penalised by Google. So now, I’m extra cautious and check even my own writing before I hit publish. 

      The premium app is premium. I’ve paid yearly to get a bit of a discount. It may even be tax deductible if your job/business requires you to write for a living (but as always, check with your accountant). 

      I only have MacBooks so it definitely works on Apple computers 🙂

      Thanks again Karin, I hope that I was able to help in a small way. 

      Cheers, 

      Shane

  7. Certainly using an app to check our spelling and grammar is an useful tool.But I believe that the emphasis should be on how our article is structured.An introduction,discussion of the topic and a conclusion with recommendations is what makes an article memorable.We must be ourselves,write in our individual and original style, that is what will bring readers back and want to follow us.There is no substitute for substance !

    1. Agreed Carlos. But when substance is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, it reduces the impact of our writing. Also, I think that the ability to write in a structured way, i.e. intro, discussion, and conclusion, is a “learned” skill that needs to be improved over time. I guess what i was getting at is that it’s possible to improve a portion of you writing very quickly through the use of an app. 

      Thanks Carlos and all the best.

      Cheers, 

      Shane

  8. Shane, how right you are about website not looking professional or trustworthy when they contain spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

    Whenever I come across a post that contains huge numbers of grammatical errors, I click out as soon as possible. This isn’t necessarily a trust issue, but mainly because it is too time consuming trying to work out what the author is trying to say.

    I also love Grammarly and use it all the time. Sometimes I am quite surprised at the errors that it picks up. Errors that I would have otherwise easily overlooked. 

  9. I have heard a lot about Grammarly recently, but I did not know about the fact that it had a plagiarisem feature.  You said that was in the paid version, how much is the paid version?  I also have a tendancy to type fast and sometimes going back to fix all of the mistakes that it has caused.

    1. Hi Shy!

      Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting!

      I personally use the annual plan which is $139.95 (which works out to be $11.66/month). They have quarterly and monthly options as well but they are not as cost effective. If you write a lot, the annual plan is the way to go. 

      The best way to try Grammarly out before you commit to a paid plan is to install the Chrome extension to see how it works as you go about your normal day. Click here to download for free

      Cheers, 

      Shane

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