21 Resources to Improve Your Writing as a freelancer

Freelance writing is an art form, but it’s honestly not an impossible one to learn…or at least improve upon. If you’ve been itching to try it out, but just aren’t sure you’ve got what it takes, you might try out a few of these tools and start honing your craft today!

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TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING:

1.    The Purdue OWL

This is Purdue University’s online writing lab (OWL). They offer a ton of resources to help you improve your writing skills as a freelancer.

2.    Atomic AI
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Atomic AI is a chrome browser extension that helps analyze your writing according to the readability level of your target audience.

3.    Hemingway App

This app will also assess your writing pieces in order to make them more readable.

4.    Help Me Write

Great writing skills won’t help you if you can’t figure out what to write! On this website, you can post your writing ideas and ask your social media followers to vote on them and help you choose. It’s a great way to test your topics out before you post them!

5.    Quick and Dirty Tips

Quick and Dirty Tips, formerly known as Grammar Girl is one of my favorite sources for grammar, punctuation and general writing tips.

BONUS: Gina Horkey, offers a free 5 lesson course on “kickstart your Freelance Writing Biz”  You can check it out here.  Remember it’s free!

6.    Writer’s Digest University
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This one’s not free, but probably cheaper than university classes! They have some fantastic workshops taught by published authors to help improve your writing.

7.    Draft

Draft is like having a professional writing professor on call. You can upload your draft and pick from several options, such as ask a pro, share or simplify. When you use the ask a pro option, you’ll get a series of suggestions from a seasoned writing pro.

8.    ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid is a website that offers tools for evaluating your writing for things like plagiarism and overused words. It’s $40 a year, but they offer a free trial so you can try before you buy.

9.    Grammar Monster

Grammar Monster is another pretty cool resource for learning grammar and punctuation. They offer tutorials for learning the art rather than just doing it for you.

10. Cambridge English Write and Improve

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If instant gratification is your thing, hop over and visit this website. They give you exercises and tools that give you feedback to help improve your writing within seconds!

11. Daily Writing Tips

You can subscribe to this website to receive…yep…writing tips that will help improve your writing. These are great little informative lessons that they guarantee you can learn in 5 minutes a day or less. They also offer some tutorials and tasks to help you hone your skills.

12. Grammar Book

Grammar Book is exactly what it sounds like – a book about grammar. It’s a fantastic resource for writers, but the blog also offers a lot of free information and quizzes to tweak your writing.

13. On Writing

Love or hate scary fiction, Stephen King is one of the kings of the writing world (pun intended). His book On Writing is one of those masterpieces that most pros will advise you to peruse for some helpful tips and interesting facts.

14. Writing Commons

This website offers some helpful tips and mini courses geared toward helping you improve your writing skills and grammar.

15. Better Writing Skills

This site has 20+ published articles on writing skills, grammar and punctuation, as well as writing courses.

16. Poynter

Poynter Writing Tools is a website for journalists that publishes articles on writing and often lists great tools you might otherwise miss.

17. CopyBlogger

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Since copywriters are some of the highest paid writers in the world, it pays to learn the skill if you have an interest in it. Copyblogger is one of the most respected authoritative websites on the topic and well worth checking out.

18. Time to Write

Jurgen Wolff has all kinds of information available here for writers, ranging from news in the field to successful writing and inspiration.

19. Write Rhymes

If you’re into rhyming your prose, this handy little tool will give you rhyming words when you paste your text into the box.

20. Advanced Text Analyzer

This is a simple free tool that assesses your writing for word count, readability and more.

21. Positive Writer
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This is a great website to visit for doses of writing inspiration and helpful advice.

Conclusion

BONUS: Gina Horkey, offers a free 5 lesson course on “kickstart your Freelance Writing Biz”  You can check it out here.  Remember it’s free!

All writers need to work on improving their skills from time-to-time, but if you’re just starting out or thinking about starting out, it’s important to be the best you can be. There are a ton of resources to help you learn, so a lack of information is no excuse!

This is a guest post from Cheri Read, a single mom, entrepreneur and freelance writer for hire. You can find out more about her or her services over at cheriread.com.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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