Becoming a Better Writer With the Help of Technology

Not everyone is a great writer. It could be that English was never your first language. Writing in a foreign language can make even the most eloquent people stumble over their words. You could have a learning disability that makes it hard for you to write well. No matter what your issue may be, becoming a better writer is not difficult, especially when there is new technology that can help you improve your writing skills.

Spell Check/Online Dictionaries

This is a great feature that helps you catch a lot of the words that you have misspelled. All you have to do is watch for the squiggly red line that appears under any word that has been spelled incorrectly. Clicking on the word usually brings up a box with a list of alternate suggestions for that word. There are also dictionary tools that you can download that show you how to spell words based on the context of your sentence. You will see why you spelled the word wrong. Other dictionary programs will show you how to say things in fewer words. This will help when it comes to brevity in your writing.

Grammar Checking Services

Spelling may not be the thing that trips you up. It could be that you are not very good with grammar. Fortunately, there are sites out there dedicated to checking your grammar. All you have to do is paste your document into the text box. The site will then scan your document for any grammar errors that it finds. Most of these services are free to use. You should always keep in mind that even the best computer program will not be able to catch every mistake. However, it will alert you to general patterns in your writing that are holding you back.

Speech-To-Text Software

You may be able to create an entire document without having to type a word. Speech recognition software enables you to speak your words instead of writing them. This helps people who are better at communicating through speech as opposed to the written word. Talking out loud can help you improve your writing skills in several ways. The first advantage you gain is that you catch anything that sounds awkward. Talking out your text helps you find your natural voice. Voice is important when communicating through speech or by text. Anyone who has a disability may find that it is easier to talk instead of type.

Writing today is a lot easier than it has ever been. There are a plethora of tools that allow you to enhance your writing skills and become a better a writer. You can improve your spelling, improve your grammar and find your natural voice with the tools available. No longer do you have to be scared of sharing your ideas with the world just because you might not know how to express yourself correctly.

Author Bio: Alexia McCormick writes for Netop. She loves sewing and educational advancements, especially in the field of technology. For almost 30 years Netop has been an industry leader in secure remote access, live chat solutions and student management software for both business and educational institutions. 

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