How To Apply Good Grammar To Your Own Writing


Welcome back, friends! Today is the last day of our grammar series. I hope you have enjoyed this series and found it helpful!

In today's post, we'll conclude with FOUR tips on how to apply good grammar to your own writing.

Let's dive right in!

1. DON'T WORRY ABOUT GRAMMAR

Maybe you read that header and went "WHAT?! After an entire series, don't worry about it?!"

That's right. When writing your first draft, I don't want you to think about grammar. Don't worry about spelling mistakes. Do what you can, but leave those mistakes for the editing stage. Get your rough draft down first.

2. READ, READ, READ!

What's a better way to learn good grammar than reading a well-edited book?

Note the phrase "well-edited." When reading books and articles, make sure they come from sources that can be trusted for decent grammar.

When you read books and articles, study the punctuation marks. This might seem very tedious, and sometimes it is, even for me, but it will be so worth it! Studying correct grammar isn't just for writing or school—you'll use it for the rest of your life! Especially if you're a writer, you'll be doing a LOT of writing in your lifetime, so you'll want to know how to use grammar and punctuation properly.

3. USE ONLINE EDITORS

Before I publish my blog posts, I usually run them through Grammarly. Grammarly is free and easy to use. I just copy and paste my post there and go through the suggestions. I might not correct everything, but it still catches some things I would have missed.

I've heard Hemingway Editor is also a good resource. I haven't used it yet, although I want to look into it!

If you use Microsoft Word documents or Google documents, use their autocorrect feature. I'd recommend using this first, then going to the other editors (you can use one or both!). Keep in mind that Microsoft Word and Google Docs will not find everything that needs to be fixed.

Please also note that not everything will need to be changed or should be changed. Remember, it's a computer editor! You should definitely consider the corrections, though.

4. USE REAL-LIFE EDITORS

This is everyone's favorite part, right? Use real-life editors!

These editors can be friends, family, and/or your online writing community. I have used all three and love all three.

I run my document through a few editors on my writing community, then, when I think it's pretty much done, I'll hand it over to my parents for a final inspection. This is what I do for all of my articles on The Rebelution.


So there you go! Four tips to apply good grammar to your own writing!

I hope you've found this series helpful! If you've missed any of the posts, scroll down to the "Read More" section where I've added the links!
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4 comments:

  1. Julia, I loved this grammar series! This post was probably my favorite, and your tips are great! Thanks so much! :D

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    1. Thanks, Bella! I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it helpful! :D

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  2. Absolutely love the grammar series! I think the first grammar post you made was the most helpful to me.

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