Three FREE Editing Tools

Three FREE Editing Tools

Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message: Part 3

Welcome back! So far in this series, we’ve discussed why editing and proofreading are essential to writing of all kinds, and I’ve shared a few tricks for making it easier to catch your own errors.

Today, I’ll tell you about a few tools that go beyond basic spellcheck. Each of these has both a free and a paid version.

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Aha! Fresh Ways to Self-edit and Proofread

Aha! Fresh Ways to Self-edit and Proofread

Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message: Part 2

Our brains love to trick us into overlooking mistakes in our writing. This primarily happens because we already know what we mean to say. Our brains are simply trying to help us save a little time, so they anticipate the words and feed us what we know should be there rather than carefully reading the words on the page. Therefore, when self-editing or proofreading, we must break our brains out of their ruts!

Today I’ll be sharing several ways to do just that. Each of these ideas involves changing your approach to what you’ve written.

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Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message: Part 1

Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message: Part 1

Typos can communicate the exact opposite of what we’re trying to say, or even scare away the audience we’re trying to reach.

I’m guessing you don’t want your audience to value—and share—your content primarily for comic relief, so today I’m starting a series called Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message. In these next few posts, I’ll give you some tips for publishing content that boosts rather than undermines your credibility.

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Writing Tip: Avoid Passive Voice--Usually

Writing Tip: Avoid Passive Voice--Usually

When I was a sophomore in high school, I had a fantastic English teacher. Mrs. Shirley was a former basketball player with a voice that hinted at Julia Child’s in the very best of ways. She simultaneously held her students to a high standard and lavished us with kindness.

She also had some quirky requirements for term papers. Most formidably, we weren’t allowed to use any form of the verb “to be.” “Am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been” were all off limits.

As challenging as this rule was at first, it taught me to look for and use a wider variety of words.

It also helped me break out of my passive voice habit.

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