The tools of the trade to make your writing look super professional, whether you’re pitching Fixing Fit or somewhere else.
Okay, so this headline is a bit of a clickbait lie—most editors would be thrilled if you submitted error-free writing using these tools! And the best part is how automatically you can implement them, making cleaning up your writing a breeze.
Recommended Writing Resources
All of the following are free—or at least the free versions will suit most fitness writing needs:
- Grammarly: Install to your browser and it will work like Spellcheck in Microsoft Word, checking your writing as you go for typos as you compose in a Google document, email, WordPress, or other online text field. No more embarrassing typos or grammar errors showing up in your published work.
- Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary: Use this handy website to check where hyphens go, if a word is capitalized in standard English, if a word you think is a word is actually a word…
- Headline Capitalizer: Plug your headline/title in there, and select the second option (Associated Press style) and it will turn into headline-capitalized without having to consult a style guide. Voila!
- Plagiarism Checker: This is a touchy topic! I strongly hope this isn’t an issue for you, but if you’re caught plagiarizing (or even accidentally forgetting to include a citation you meant to), it can get you blacklisted by editors—or at least leave a bad taste in your editor’s mouth, which is not what you want when they are editing your work. If you’ve got this nasty habit, copy-pasting the text of your article (in 1,000-word batches) into a plagiarism checker can help catch if your words match something published online so you can add in the citation and do a better job paraphrasing. Bottom line: Just don’t plagiarize, and keep track of your sources every time you copy-paste someone else’s words.
Already got a favorite writing resource you can’t live without not listed here? Contact us and we may add it!