English Grammar Software – Can it Improve Our Writing Skills?

Up to a decade ago writing skills were most commonly developed by extensive exercises and home assignments; however technology brought an enormous change to the method of learning, maintaining and improving our English writing skills.

Today, writing skills are developed in response to videos, class discussions, research, and by using advanced English grammar software solutions. Better writing is not about learning the rules of English grammar, or being bored by nouns, pronouns and split infinitives, it is in most cases about memorizing and practicing basic grammar and writing rules.

English writing is but one of many communication skills essential for personal and professional success. Strong writing skills are essential for success in school, college, and on the job. Writing clearly and correctly will ensure your messages and ideas are understood and give the right impression to your reader.

Learning to write well takes time and practice; effective, concise English writing and editing leads to effective, concise essays, web content, emails, instant messages, and more.

The use of English grammar software for example is a good method to improve a person’s English writing skills as it automatically notifies and corrects the user’s text in means of correct sentence grammar structure, correct spelling, punctuation etc.

When you are automatically notified for any grammar, punctuation or spelling errors by using advanced English grammar software, it easily helps you to memorize these errors and avoid repeating them in the future. One of the best practices to improve your English writing skills is about memorizing and learning from an automatic “grammar guide” that instructs and notifies you on any grammatical problems found in your text while you write it.

Writing a Book? You Should Know These Rules

Many people have a lot to say and a lot to contribute to others. Some are able to express it in words; some through paintings, others via songs… Each and every one of us IS an artist. A mother that prepares a delicious meal IS an artist in her own rights. It takes imagination, creation and the application of one’s talent in whatever area he/she chooses to express him/herself.

What would be the most important rule for one who chooses to express his thoughts and ideas through words? As Neal Gaiman said: “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”

How true! This is the very first rule one should follow. I call it: Start With Small Steps: If you managed to write only a few sentences per day, so be it. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just remember to keep on going and write something EVERY day. The process of writing is not unlike working out at the gym. If you keep at it, you would eventually build strong muscles and a body that would easily be able to run a marathon. Do you want to be a successful writer? Then you have to write every day, and read every day. Write! Write and write! The more you write the better writer you will become. It maybe hard at first but it will get easier and easier and before you know it, words will start spilling out followed by phrases, sentences, paragraphs, chapters and voila! You end up with a complete book in your hand.

Before you sat at the keyboard you must have had a general idea of the story and the main characters. Right? Here comes the second rule: Write what comes your way. Start telling the story. You are the creator of your characters and if you are doing a good job, they will start telling you what is next. They will tell you how they would react in certain circumstances, what they would feel or say. Listen to them. Move with them. Live their lives, get into their heads and find out what they think. Keep writing the story even if it sounds stupid, ridiculous or unreal. These things can be fixed during the process of editing. (A few words of caution: do not edit as you go, as that would slow you down and stop the flow. Editing is done best AFTER you had told the whole story.)

I’ll tell you how I started writing my (soon to be published: The Jewish Gypsy) historical fiction. I initially wanted to write a Gypsy love story so I researched the Internet until I came across the most surprising and shocking piece of information. That was the point when I decided to write a historical fiction that takes place during WWII and a love triangle between Gypsies and Jews. I had the basic idea and the first two main characters. I sat down to write the first chapter and that lead me to the next. My characters woke me up in the middle of the night telling me what they would or would NOT do and I just kept on writing what came my way and spilled out the words without a second thought. I wrote for at least 5-6 hours per day. After eight weeks I had the whole story completed to my great satisfaction. I ended up with a full product because I followed to the dot the two important rules: Start with small steps; write write, write. And write what comes your way.

Hope this article inspired you. See you in Writing a book? You Should Know these Rules Part II.