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5 Online Resources That Will Improve Your Writing

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As business owners, we write some type of content for our businesses every day. From emails to newsletter articles, blogs to proposals, writing is a task that comes with the territory. While writing may come easily for some, it can be a daunting task for others.

If you are one of those business owners that struggles with writing or just wants to improve upon the skill, there is help available. The Internet is filled with information and resources – much of it is free – that can show you and teach you how to write better. You just need to know where to look.

Here are five online resources that can give you sound, practical and realistic advice on how to improve your writing skills.

Copyblogger

Copyblogger Media was founded by Brian Clark in 2006, and is devoted to teaching people how to write killer content. By subscribing with your email address, you can receive helpful blog posts and get access to 16 ebooks and a 20-part Internet marketing course – all for free. The ebooks cover such topics as copywriting, content marketing, keyword research and SEO. For a small fee, you can become an “Authority” member which will grant you access to Copyblogger’s monthly seminars, webinars, their member-only affiliate program for Copyblogger tools, and much more. No matter what stage in the writing process you are in, you will be able to find helpful information at Copyblogger.

Writer’s Digest

A comprehensive resource for writers, Writer’s Digest provides real advice from accomplished writers and editors, writing contests, writing prompts and daily tips. You can also download free writing exercises, ebooks, view webinars and access other types of free resources. For a fee, you can sign up for tutorials, register for workshops, and view videos on demand.

Daily Writing Tips

Daily Writing Tips publishes daily blogs about grammar, punctuation, spelling usage and vocabulary. They offer an easy-to-understand explanation with plenty of examples to drive the point home. By becoming a Pro Member, you can receive the daily articles by email along with writing exercises, exercise archives, writing courses and writing jobs.

Grammar Girl

Created by Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl professes to be the “friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage and fun developments in the English Language.” She provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing, and offers explanations and memory tricks to help you answer complex grammar questions.

Content Marketing Institute

The Content Marketing Institute is committed to helping you grow your efforts in content marketing. Resources are available to help you with your blog, website content, social media posts, marketing strategy, podcasts and much more. Articles, white papers, ebooks and some webinars are available for free, while online training seminars, consulting and events come with a subscription charge or fee.

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Take advantage of these online resources, but remember, there are two ways to become a better writer: Read more and write more. While reading and subscribing to the resources above is a great first step, absorbing valuable information is not enough. You must put what you learn to practice by writing.

Write more blogs, complete writing exercises, enter contests, and write, write, write. You will be surprised how quickly you catch on, and how soon writing that article, blog, or proposal becomes an efficient and manageable task in your workday.

Laurie Zinn is a Columbus-based freelance writer and owner of Line-By-Line. She helps businesses communicate with their customers through website content, blog articles, email marketing campaigns and social media. For more information about Line-By-Line, visit http://line-by-line.us or contact Laurie at laurie@line-by-line.us.

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