Today, we’re going to help you become a better novelist. Well, maybe not become a better novelist but appear to be a better novelist by making less corrects, by plowing your style through writing roadblocks by hook or by crook or by use best available tools available to help you make more efficiently your thoughts into a novelist kind, writing tools today on Dottotech. I should have use some for my preamble. Let’s start by just talking about simple-minded, simple-minded basic writing.
I increasingly simply use Google drive as my word processing system. Why do I use Google Drive? Because it’s online and virtually all of my writing now happens online. But occasionally I requirement a little bit of assistance. Now I’ve talked in the past about Grammarly, which is my grammar checking editor and I’ll talk about something else again at the very end today. It’s a tool that will contribute me with my process of writing. But when I’m actually simply writing in Google Docs or in Google Drive–I’m still use to calling it Google Docs–when I’m in Google Drive–I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s getting older–I still sometimes fluster terms. If you look for a list of usually confused terms on the internet, I fluster virtually all of those terms all of the time and each time I fluster a word, I have to sit there and envisage which word I’m supposed to be using. For example, here at the beginning of this text, one of the words I have trouble with is “effect.” Is it “effect” or “affect?” I know the difference.
Right now as I’m speaking to you, I absolutely know the difference but does that means that 25 times from now when I’m writing, I’m in the middle of writing this report, that I will know certain differences? No. For some reason, I forget. So within Google Drive, a lot of us just right-click on the word and looking, you can characterize the word. You can bring up a little explanation in and up sees Google Research which tells you a described in the word. That is awesome. You should use this a lot. If you’re suffering a little bit of writer’s cube or some issues around things, you crave to use a different word, down in the bottom of each time they do a explanation, they will give you synonyms so you can come up with maybe a different word that works better, specially if you’re using the same word over and over again.
So gratuity# 1 for better writing, right-click your mouse on the word, specially if you’re in Google Docs, and use the resources that can be used to you. Tip# 2, this one I really like for a whole variety of reasons. It’s a simple little web service called Word Counter and all they do–I’ve just facsimile some text in here of an article–is “youre asking” it to go through and how often am I use this word or these terms. You can see if you’re using one word too repetitively within the document which again allows you to go back in that if you realize that you’re using a word too often. Now this particular document was about Bluetooth headsets so the word “headset” being there a lot was important. But here is an additional benefit. If you’re writing for the web and you crave to write SEO, search engine optimization-friendly content and there are certain keywords that you crave in that document to assistance Google find that document as it’s seek, you can apply this as well to make sure that you’ve got a number of instances of your keywords within official documents as you scour it.
That is a obscured benefit in this little tool called Word Counter. Now the next tool I like simply because it’s got the best name of any product that I’ve ever seen- Write or Die 2 by Dr. Wicked. This is a word processor and it’s available in a desktop version but the online one runs great. It cost like $20 purchasing the full version but what it does–I’m going to enact her and start it playing so you can see how it works–is as you’re writing, it plays back nice sounds. It does all sorts of nice things for you. But if you’re not writing, if you’re not moving along and kind of get through the run that you have to get done, like I’ve got 15 times or so here to get through this word processing record that I’m working.
So if I’m writing along and I’m saying,” It’s talking to me extremely nastily and I should be writing ,” now if I stop and I get writer’s cube and I stop writing for a few seconds, it starts to go various kinds of psycho on you. You’ve got different ways of having it kick in. Appreciate , now it’s turning ruby-red. It’s get indignant. Let me simply turn up my talkers. It starts playing like fright music unless I start writing. Okay, I render. It get you kind of writing again. I don’t know if its conducive to the best prose being written–I’ve got to intermission it or it’s going to get angry again–but when it’s happy, it’ll give you nice–okay, peanut butter and jelly period. When it’s happy, you can have it doing things like having “cat-o-nine-tails” purr at you and give you nice backgrounds and all sorts of things.
But when it’s angry, when you’re not writing, it gets annoying, sometimes horrifically so. So Write or Die 2, if you do experience writer’s cube, if you do need that little extra impetus to get through everything as you’re doing it, it is a tool that you might consider. Now I mentioned that I use Google Drive as my main processor. My favorite word processing system of all, one from a small company in England called Scrivener and there–sorry, the company’s called Literature and Latte and the product is called Scrivener. It is a word processer which–I’m just going to let the video play here simply a little bit.
I’ll turn away the volume here. You can kind of see it. I don’t have it installed on this specific computer right now but I live this as a word processor because if you are a scriptwriter, if you are a student and you’re working on records where you need heaps company and arrangement to it, this Scrivener permits you to create various kinds of building blocks of whatever run you’re working on. So here for example, each of these little snippets of text that we encounter on this corkboard, they’re all editable. You can reassemble them as you go. So if you’re writing a script, it’s great. You can have dialogue. You can have characters. You can have all these things in these little index cards.
If you’re a student and you’re writing a article, you can be taking notes, putting them all on these little index cards and then assemble them later on into a word processed kind. I don’t know if I’ve done justice to it in the explanation of it right now. It’s a somewhat inexpensive word processing system. I think it’s like $50 or $60 to buy but as far as I’m concerned, for structured writing where you’re doing a lot of research and you’re doing a lot of massaging of the content , not for blog writing, the kind of writing that I do nowadays where it’s just 500 words and I’m done. But if you’re writing paper, if you’re writing scripts, if you’re writing a journal, this would be appropriate tools that I would choose without any question. Scrivener – it’s a word processor which I envisage “the worlds” of. And ultimately if you do the sort of writing that I do and that we all supposed to do now, we do Tweets, we do status updates and we do short, little 200 -word blog posts and improbably long 500 -word blog posts, one of the things that suffers as a result is craftsmanship.
Because I’m writing to short duration, I don’t pay as much attention to accuracy, specially around spelling, punctuation in these short little posts. Consequently, I end up sometimes looking a little bit less intelligent than I should because I post things before they’re ready to be posted, with corrects on them. So I purchased Grammarly which is software that you buy online and it basically does online grammar and spellchecking for you.
Now it’s not very expensive. It’s $ 120 or so for a year, I envisage, is what I paid for it. But what it’s done for me is it’s changed my process. I actually have a full video here which I’ll create a link to. It’s changed my process. Because I purchased this, I actually go into it and each time I’m posting anything at all, I simply check it very quickly and it runs through and it does grammar the verification and spellchecking. It also, as a bonus, does plagiarism checking which is awesome. Maybe you’ve been building notes, perhaps you’ve been clipping things off of the internet and you’ve accidentally incorporated them into your record what somebody else is writing without you knowing about it, it will actually tell you if it’s encountered it somewhere else, if it’s encountered those words somewhere else online in order to be allowed to pay attention and either credit the original writer or rewrite it so that you don’t actually plagiarize somebody.
For people who do plagiarize, if you’re hiring someone to do writing for you, it’s a great style for you to check got to make sure that they haven’t posted that somewhere else online as well. So it’s got some of those nice things running for it. But for me, kind of rolling back, the benefit is it does catch the odd grammar gaffe that I make and allows me to look at it. It does catch the odd spelling gaffe but what it really does is by the fact that it comes up with a few suggestions is it attains me stop and reread my work once before I publish it and I found that I’m catching far more wrongdoings and my written communication is that much more clear and that much less embarrassing as a result.
So that is my fifth and final tool that we’re going to talk about today, Grammarly. So there we have it. Right-click your mouse on terms, specially if you’re in word processing system like Google Drive, and you can check the accuracy of the terms, you can check if it’s being used properly and you can find synonyms; you can counting your words overall in your record for search engine optimization or to stir sure you’re not being overly repetition. If you have writer’s cube, Write or Die, which is a somewhat dire situation; Literature and Latte’s Scrivener, which I think is the outstanding word processing system on countries around the world today; and finally Grammarly, which will help you change your process especially for short, online positions and make sure that you make less corrects when you post online that way.
I hope you located this video to be useful. I know that I envisage all of these tips-off I use on a somewhat regular–I don’t apply Write or Die yet but I might start using Write or Die. That would be merriment. I hope you located this useful and if you have, are given us a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. We would love to have you as one of our readers. That means you get our videos before everybody else does, which is simply awesome. Don’t you concur? I’m Steve Dotto. You have a great period.