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You may remember Mary Walton’s recent guest post, 10 Proofreading Tools For Writers. This is another fine list of author resources compiled by her. Oh, and here is one of my favorite comics of all time:Grammar Cyanide and Happiness | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

9 Best Grammar Tools For Writers

The most interesting, fascinating book can fall down if the grammar is poor. No reader will want to continue if the book is too difficult to read. That’s why your grammar is so important in everything you write. If you find that you don’t know enough about grammar to skilfully edit your writing, you’re in luck. This guide will show you nine online tools that will really help you out when you’re in a bind.

  1. Academized: Invest some time in your writing skills and read this guide. It’s comprehensive yet easy to understand, making it perfect for writers. By reading it, you can get a good understanding of how grammar works, making editing much easier on you.
  2. AustralianHelp: This academic site has an excellent grammar guide that everyone should use when they’re writing. It helps you make sense of complicated grammar rules without talking down to you. Keep it open in a tab when you’re writing, and refer to it as and when needed.
  3. Big Assignments: Want to talk to an expert about your grammar? There’s plenty here at this writing website. They’re all practiced in catching and correcting bad grammar, so talk to them when you’re trying to edit your writing. They’ll help you understand where you’re going wrong, and how you can correct your errors.
  4. Word Counter: Poor spelling is something that should never show up in anyone’s writing. You may think your spell checker is catching it all, but you should never trust it implicitly. Instead, try using this tool as well. All you have to do is paste in your work. It will highlight any misspelled words, which you can correct and paste back into your writing with ease.
  5. Grammar Check: This tool is great if you don’t want to register or buy any kind of grammar checking service. All it asks you to do is paste your work in, and it will check for any grammatical errors. It will then suggest corrections, so you can quickly make the changes. It’s a great last minute check before you submit a piece for publication.
  6. Ox Essays: Feel like you need someone to consult with when you’re writing? It’s hard to catch all the errors yourself, and writing is a lonely pastime as it is. Try this writing service and consult with a professional writer whenever you need to. They’ll help you with any kind of grammar concerns as you’re working, and the quality of your writing will improve as a result.
  7. Cite It In: If you’re using other people’s work in your own writing, you need to cite it. If you don’t, you run the risk of being accused of plagiarism, even if you didn’t mean to take that work as your own. If citation is a hassle, try using this website. Just give it the source you’re using, and it will give you the correct citation. Then, you can paste that directly into your writing.
  8. Paper Rater: This site is a great all in one tool for checking your writing. You can check tour grammar by pasting in your work, and making corrections as needed. There’s also a style tool that helps you fine tune your word choices, and a plagiarism checker that checks for accidental use of other people’s work.
  9. Grammarly: No list would be complete without Grammarly. It has three modes: if you embed it into your browser, you will get helpful suggestions whenever you type anything into a text field. You can also go to their website and paste your work to have it checked, or you can even download it as a stand-alone application.

You’re much more likely to get published when you take care of your grammar. Be careful about your proofreading and improve your skills, and you’ll see how far you can get. Put these tools to use and you’ll see improvements sooner than you think.

Who is Mary Walton?

Mary Walton | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksMary Walton is a professional editor currently living in Santa Monica.

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