My Introduction To Blog Writing
Back in 2014, I decided to start a film blog called Dim The Lights. Dim The Lights was born from a desire to share my love of film and storytelling with others.
Since then, Dim The Lights has grown. With the help of my fiance and close friends, I’ve been able to increase the exposure of Dim The Lights Film Blog. Not only do we have a growing blog, but we have also started a podcast recently. You can see our latest episode here.
Why am I plugging my film blog? Well, I’ll tell you. I realized writing about film is different from talking about a film.
Writing posts took several hours and immense amounts of research. This isn’t the case anymore. I can breeze through writing quickly. I’ve discovered helpful tools that have helped me share the love of film with the world.
You might think that you need an editor or a professional to improve your writing. Fortunately, it is so much simpler. Here are three writing tools to improve your blogging!
Do you have trouble nailing down your grammar? Check out this innovative proofreader. It builds confidence to write mistake-free anywhere you go.
Grammarly automated proofreader not only checks for grammar but for plagiarism too. The tool automatically “reads” your writing, accesses, and suggests. I’ve found Grammarly useful when writing social media content. No one wants to accidentally hit send on a poorly worded social post.
Grammarly is available as a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Sign Up Here.
Grammarly also has native apps for more focused control. You can download the Grammarly native app here.
Below you can see what Grammarly detected as I was writing this article. Pretty neat, huh?
The Hemingway App highlights common problems that can undermine your amazing blog content.
As you can see below, Hemingway judges my article more harshly.
I can feel myself becoming a better writer already!
You can check out the beta for the Hemingway App
One writing tool I recently discovered is Draft. Draft does not highlight spelling and grammar issues. Instead, Draft’s benefits lie in collaboration.
Draft provides a clean interface to write uninterrupted content. It emphasizes version control. It also integrates with several popular apps like Google Drive, Evernote, and Dropbox. You can retrieve your writing from any application and import it into Draft.
After writing, Draft makes it simple to send your content to friends and family for editing.
Don’t have an editor? Draft makes it easy to ask a professional for some advice.
I wish I had these tools when I first started blogging. I recommend any of these three writing tools to simplify your writing workflow.
While these are three incredible tools, there are bound to be others. If you know of any other tools, definitely let me know.
I’ll end this on one last question: What is your biggest blogging struggle? Sound off in the comments below or tweet me!