Monday, August 17, 2020

Useful Online Resources for Writers

These days you can find anything you want on the Internet.  From how to videos on YouTube, to online dictionaries and resources.  

When it comes to writing, having the right resources is vital for producing grammatically correct text, and interesting information and stories people want to read.  

Using Google Search

You can put your query into Google search and it will come up with an answer.   I use it all of the time, if I'm not sure about the meaning of a word,  plus, it will help you build your vocabulary, once you know what a new word means.

You can use really simple terms to look up what you're looking for like:

which or that?

their there they're

ageing or aging

My go to website for all of my grammar needs is wordhippo.com.  It has a really easy layout and dashboard that includes:

  • Synonyms
  • Atonyms
  • Defintions
  • Rhymes
  • Sentences
  • Translations
  • FindWords
  • Word Forms
  • Pronunciations


As well as a handy little box at the top of the page "What's another word for ...."   

Thesaurus at Your Fingertips

Some people still like the feel of a paperback thesaurus such as Roget's, but the first page of any "Thesaurus" search will come up with plenty of online versions for you to use.

Tools such as Google Docs have a handy OneLook thesaurus, whereas MS Word has a synonym finder. 

I've put together a comprehensive list of online resources and tools which include, style guides, dictionaries, and many other useful websites you can use as a go-to when you're copyediting.

Style Guides, Dictionaries, and Thesauruses

The Elements of Style

Used and loved by writers everywhere, this book's wit and charm has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers.

Important note:  Style guides cover everything from spelling and grammar, to acronyms and capitalization.  This helps you maintain consistency throughout your work.

Dreyer's English

This authoritative and amusing guide offers lessons on punctuation, and grammar, while helping you brush up on your spelling.

Merriam Webster's Guide to Punctuation and Style

Is a quick guide if you're struggling with copyediting or proofreading.

Oxford English Dictionary

Contains over 350,000 words, phrases and meanings.

Roget's Thesaurus

An unparalleled aid in using language with precision, grace and power.

All of the above books are available in ebook and paperback formats.

 

More Online Copyediting Tools

Thsrs: The Shorter Thesaurus

Aces: CopyDesk.org

TheSlot.com

EditTeach.org

AssignmentEditor.com

This Word Does Not Exist

Quill: This Checklist Will Help You Edit Faster and Better

Journalism.co.uk: Five Proofreading Tools Every Journalist Should Know About

Sapling.ai Spelling and Grammar Check Tool

Chicago Tribune Grammar Cheat Sheet

AP Stylebook Archives

ACES: Journalism Tools for the Modern Copy Editor

The Slot: The Nine Commandments of Caption Writing

Quill: Tools to Copy Edit Like a Boss

Viooly

Sixteen Great Typography Resources

Typedia

Editing a Web Site: Extending the Levels of Edit

Grammar Guide

ACES: The Grammar Guide

Finding and Fixing Typos

Top 25 Grammar Mistakes

Kok Edit Copy Editor's Knowledge Base

BlogShot

Grammar.ccc: Sentence Subjects

10 Words Everyone Should Know How to Pronounce

GrammarBook.com

Common Usage in English

It Figures: Figures of Speech

Copyeditor's Knowledge Base

GrammarCheck.net

EnglishGrammar.org

Dictionaries on the Web

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Behind the Grammar 

Simple useful takeaways:

  • A useful hint for when you put your query to Google search, put the way you would ask someone if you were looking for an answer to a question.
  • Try WordHippo, or look for your own preferred thesaurus online.
  • If you prefer digital to paperback, explore some of the other versions of dictionaries and thesauruses out there. 

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