Today, while checking out writing sites, I ran across one for writing contests and the copy was full of spelling errors. Ugh! Let’s be professional people, so you will be taken seriously.
Writing full-time or as a part-timer takes practice like any other art form. Creativity comes naturally to some, but even if you write by the seat of your pants, it takes polish to make your work sing. It takes editing, grammar, and spelling skills. If you are like me, you need help with at least one of these requirements. I’m dyslexic, so I need a lot of help!
I’ve invested in Grammarly and ProWritingAid and am a member of the Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild. Grammarly and ProWritingAid have tiered packages to choose from and are worth the investment. Grammarly is great if you need spelling and grammar help. Although I have found that many times I have disagreed with their advice, I still find it helpful. I have found that ProWritingAid has much more to offer to the writer. I have disagreed with some of their advice as well, but overall I prefer it.
Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild has been an enriching addition to my writing needs for the last seven years and is affordable (I watch every penny.) He only opens the guild once or twice a year, so you have to be on the lookout for it. In the meantime, if you don’t belong to it, I suggest you subscribe to his website. He has lots of great articles and tips for the writer. I have learned about writing, characters, publishing, story arc, agents, procrastination, writer’s block, query letters, and editing skills through his webinars, as well as Office Hours, Manuscript Re-writes, and Master Classes. Fifty years in the business and two hundred books later, and you have a master writer in Jerry Jenkins. His Left Behind Series is still selling strong 20 + years after its release. He has great giveaways if you subscribe. Find him at http://www.jerryjenkins.com. Thank you, Jerry, for pouring into us!
I hope this helps in your writing journey.
Until next time, blessings!