I know that feeling.
It’s the same feeling I get whenever I write and the reason why I almost didn’t write this post.
The internet is full of grammar nazis who often forget writers have such fragile hearts that sometimes they can’t handle rude comments. <wink wink> (Although I do think as a writer, you have to grow and mature to handle both positive and negative comments. But more on that in a different blog post.)
Grammar shouldn’t be the reason for you to stop writing. As long as you’re willing to learn and regularly practice, you will eventually get better at it.
Besides, people don’t read to intentionally look for grammatical errors. They can forgive minor errors if what you’ve written is full of substance.
But I’m not saying you disregard grammar altogether.
Here are simple ways you can do to be a better writer without worrying about grammar.
Mr. Google is your friend
If you’re unsure of the meaning of a certain word or phrase, type:
phrase or word][space]+meaning
If you want to know the difference between two words insert the word”versus”.
That versus which
Or simply, type your question in the search bar. But be cautious. Just because it appears on Google doesn’t mean it’s correct.
Make sure to open sites and blogs that are reliable.
Writer Blogs and Websites
Some of the blogs I turn to when I need help with grammar:
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing – short and clear explanations on the rules of grammar.
Thesaurus.com – when you need to find that perfect word.
Daily Writing Tips – covers Grammar 101 to Freelance Writing to Fiction Writing.
Use MS Word
Although many people will tell you not to rely on MS Words spelling and grammar check, it’s still a handy guide to let you catch the basics.
Grammarly is my favorite online proofreader. It’s not perfect but it catches the common errors I often overlook especially prepositions.
Hire An Editor
Obviously, not everyone can hire their own editor. This is one of my goals, to hire an exclusive editor for my blog. That’s still a long shot but we’ll get there someday. 🙂
But when I published my book, I did hire a professional editor to edit my book.
These are simple steps you can do today to improve your writing.
You can improve with time and proper practice. Just be patient with yourself and keep writing. You’ll never get better if you stop writing just because you’re afraid to make mistakes.
Did you spot a grammatical error in this post? Gasp!
Let me know. 🙂