What are the best resources for improving your writing skills?

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    Udemy

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    Susan Kennedy
    Written on October 15, 2018
    "Udemy is great for learning all kinds of new things. It turned me from an amateur into a development pro (almost! haha) in no time!"
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      Scrivener

      Scrivener is a software for a long-form writing like novels and articles. It's easy to use, to organize and will adapt to all your ideas, plots, concepts, and characters.

      Software

      Windows, Mac, iOS

      $40 - Free trial available

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      Arthur Vasquez
      Written on April 29, 2017
      "This is a next-level text editor that you must get if you're serious about writing. I've been working on a book for the last 8 months. Before this I was using a basic editor,..."
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      Arthur Vasquez
      Written on April 29, 2017
      "This is a next-level text editor that you must get if you're serious about writing. I've been working on a book for the last 8 months. Before this I was using a basic editor, and with 25,000 words completed thus far, it was so hard to go back and edit or find pieces of my story that needed work. SCrivener allows you to see each part of the story. It breaks it down into manageable pieces and allows you to jump back and forth to see sections that need work."
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      Juan Henderson
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "This is a great piece of software, but the DRM is a bit draconian. I wanted to run it on both my Windows machine and Macbook, and it required me to buy separate licenses. It's probably worth it, though; the easy to use and intuitive interface makes it a cinch to keep track of my characters and plot lines, greatly enhancing my productivity."
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      Aditya Gavde
      Written on January 11, 2017
      "This does not look like a very modern or easy to use solution. it is not free and does not appear to be very up to date."
    2. 5
      StyleWriter
      StyleWriter shows you how to work like a professional editor: how to simplify, cut and rewrite, how to run the editor’s pen through your draft to produce a shorter, clearer and more readable style.
      Software

      Windows

      $90 - Free trial available

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      Laura Williamson
      Written on May 20, 2017
      "I found StyleWriter to be useful, especially since the software comes with a free trial. Ultimately, the best resource for learning to be a better writer is not something that..."
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      Laura Williamson
      Written on May 20, 2017
      "I found StyleWriter to be useful, especially since the software comes with a free trial. Ultimately, the best resource for learning to be a better writer is not something that can be guaranteed through a software solution. I have had better luck just checking out good books about the craft of writing from the library."
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      Laura Medina
      Written on May 8, 2017
      "As a professional blogger and writer, StyleWriter keeps my writing at top level. I can send my articles with confidence because I know every mistake has been looked over and fixed."
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      Ai Tang
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "This program is interesting because it tries to help you become a more professional editor. I think that there is no one right way to edit though, and more personality is better."
    3. 3
      Writer's Digest University
      Writer's Digest University initiative provides users with online workshops to improve their fiction, non-fiction, short stories and freelance writing work, offering 76 online workshops across a huge range of topics.
      Course

      $139 - Varis by course

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      Ralph Bates
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "When I need to look into how to better create a proposal for work, I tend to look at this site to give me tips on how to adjust my writing style. A worthwhile bookmark if you..."
      RB
      Ralph Bates
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "When I need to look into how to better create a proposal for work, I tend to look at this site to give me tips on how to adjust my writing style. A worthwhile bookmark if you are constantly writing documents for work or for play."
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      Jennifer Rivera
      Written on February 6, 2017
      "i wanted to improve my writing skills. After some research, i found Writer's Digest University. It was just the type of app I was looking for and completely solved my needs."
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      Daily Page
      Daily Page emails you a writing prompt every morning, and you have the rest of the day to write your response. Once you've written your response to the prompt, you can either share it or keep it private.
      Websites

      $3.99 - 1 month

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      Douglas Arnold
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Not really my thing and I write. I doubt this is among the best resources for improving your writing. It may help motivate you but Im skeptical of that."
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      Douglas Arnold
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Not really my thing and I write. I doubt this is among the best resources for improving your writing. It may help motivate you but Im skeptical of that."
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      Ruth Chavez
      Written on March 18, 2017
      "the beginning writer's best friend. it keep's track of your writing and so you can create an on-line resource."
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      Anthony Contreras
      Written on May 25, 2017
      "Interesting idea to help teach. I liked how interactive and "in time" the whole approach was."
    2. 0
      Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

      Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within is a book written by Natalie Goldberg, first published in 1986. It aims to teach readers to achieve a healthy and sustainable writing practice through the art of Zen meditation.

      Books

      $18.95

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      Martina Aranda
      Written on March 29, 2018
      "I needed the best resources for improving my writing skills and found out about a book from a friend the other day. It is called Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer..."
      MA
      Martina Aranda
      Written on March 29, 2018
      "I needed the best resources for improving my writing skills and found out about a book from a friend the other day. It is called Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. It lets me know how to achieve healthy and sustainable writing practices using meditation."
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      The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

      The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers is a book written by American author and creative writing professor, John Gardner. It serves as a comprehensive guide for aspiring writers and includes lessons in technical writing skills.

      Books

      $15.95

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      Christina Fisher
      Written on April 2, 2018
      "The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner is a great guide for future writers. The lessons in this book are easy to follow. It will definitely..."
      CF
      Christina Fisher
      Written on April 2, 2018
      "The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner is a great guide for future writers. The lessons in this book are easy to follow. It will definitely help you be more creative."
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      The Elements of Style (4th Edition)

      The 4th edition of The Elements of Style is a writing style guide by William Strunk Jr. Originally published in 1920, this book is an enduring guide for grammar and punctuation usage for composition writing.

      Books

      $9.95

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      Jose Gomez
      Written on March 29, 2018
      "I needed to improve my writing skill, so my friend recommended that I use The Elements of Style. It has helped me immensely in improving my writing skill"
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      Jose Gomez
      Written on March 29, 2018
      "I needed to improve my writing skill, so my friend recommended that I use The Elements of Style. It has helped me immensely in improving my writing skill"
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      1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion
      The bestselling 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion by Adam J. Kurtz includes 365 prompts, encouraging readers to draw, write, list, reflect and share. For more creative inspiration, it's available in red, blue and yellow covers.
      Books

      $15

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      Hansika Chavan
      Written on April 7, 2018
      "If you are looking to improve your writing skills, this companion book is the way to go. This book has over 300 pages of notebook sheets. There are a lot of quarterly check-in..."
      HC
      Hansika Chavan
      Written on April 7, 2018
      "If you are looking to improve your writing skills, this companion book is the way to go. This book has over 300 pages of notebook sheets. There are a lot of quarterly check-in pages to check up on your writing. There is even a list that asks how you are feeling. This book will help improve your writing- one day at a time!"
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      Living Out Loud

      Living Out Loud by internationally bestselling creator Keri Smith provides a creative jump start to life. It includes games, activities, projects, crafts, postcards and playful ideas, encouraging the discovery of inspiration.

      Books

      $17.95

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      James Spencer
      Written on April 16, 2018
      "I think this is great for those lacking inspiration or that feeling of getting into gear to accomplish what you'd like. I feel this'll definitely help someone who is having a..."
      JS
      James Spencer
      Written on April 16, 2018
      "I think this is great for those lacking inspiration or that feeling of getting into gear to accomplish what you'd like. I feel this'll definitely help someone who is having a tough time feeling positive as well. Judging from the reviews this has helped a lot of people."
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      642 Things to Write About

      642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers' Grotto is a collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts. It's crafted to invite inspiration and get the creative juices flowing in no time.

      Books

      $16.95

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      Christine Ryan
      Written on March 31, 2018
      "This book really gaved me inspiration when I was stuck with an assigment in college. I like how its easy to understand and how it can really improve your writting skills if..."
      CR
      Christine Ryan
      Written on March 31, 2018
      "This book really gaved me inspiration when I was stuck with an assigment in college. I like how its easy to understand and how it can really improve your writting skills if you use it frequently. This is definetely a good solution for someone that wants to improve their creative writting skills."
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      Michael Reid
      Written on April 6, 2018
      "642 Things to Write About has some excellent ideas. It is a handy guide for all writers. It contains good ideas presented in a humorous way. You will be inspired in no time."
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      Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists
      Lisa Nola's Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists is part of the bestselling Listography journals. It's a fun and imaginative guided journal to writing an autobiography in list form. It's for adults who have had some living under their belts.
      Books

      $16.95

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      Crystal Freeman
      Written on April 9, 2018
      "If your thinking of writing a story about your life and need some ideas, this is the book that can help. I found that the book is geared more towards adults and those with..."
      CF
      Crystal Freeman
      Written on April 9, 2018
      "If your thinking of writing a story about your life and need some ideas, this is the book that can help. I found that the book is geared more towards adults and those with more life experiences, but it still gives some good tips. This book will certainly give you some nice pointers about how to compile this type of writing."
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      [TUTORIAL] How to write a formal letter
      It's becoming less and less common to write letters, but the few letters that you actually write tend to be very important ones. That's why they should be written properly. In this guide you'll get  advice on letter writing with some sample letters so you get the idea.
      Articles

      Free

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      Michael Stephens
      Written on November 13, 2017
      "This website seemed really promising in helping me learn how to write more formal letters but unfortunately the site seems to be down. I was not able to access it at all and..."
      MS
      Michael Stephens
      Written on November 13, 2017
      "This website seemed really promising in helping me learn how to write more formal letters but unfortunately the site seems to be down. I was not able to access it at all and had to look somewhere else."
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      Tips for Writing a Press Release
      Tips for Writing a Press Release is Cornell University's guide for writing press releases that work, with useful examples so you can get inspired.
      Articles

      Free

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      Janice Jimenez
      Written on November 8, 2017
      "Very informative! Tells you how to write a press release with simple instructions. Nothing too fancy to learn, but it gives you more confidence if you do decide to write a..."
      JJ
      Janice Jimenez
      Written on November 8, 2017
      "Very informative! Tells you how to write a press release with simple instructions. Nothing too fancy to learn, but it gives you more confidence if you do decide to write a press release. It could use a little more detail instructions on things, but definitely not a deal breaker."
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      Splitbrain
      Splitbrain is a free online summarizer that automatically figures out which sentences best represent the essence of the original text. This tool features several languages and offers the possibility of extracting keywords.
      Websites

      Free

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      Jordan Hernandez
      Written on October 29, 2017
      "splitbrain doesn't really improve your writing skills all it does is just summarize text making it easier and quicker to read."
      JH
      Jordan Hernandez
      Written on October 29, 2017
      "splitbrain doesn't really improve your writing skills all it does is just summarize text making it easier and quicker to read."
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      Paperrater
      Paperrater is a free website that allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before turning in your paper. Its proofreading system allows you to view detailed stats about word choice, grammar, spelling, and more.
      Websites

      Free

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      Lorenzo Mondragón
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "Paperrater is a phenomenal website if you want to improve your writing skills. It's actually better than some of the expensive grammar and spellcheck sites! It helped me..."
      LM
      Lorenzo Mondragón
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "Paperrater is a phenomenal website if you want to improve your writing skills. It's actually better than some of the expensive grammar and spellcheck sites! It helped me proofread an urgent article for work and I didn't have to pay a dime for it. This is one website I will refer to often as it serves all my needs perfectly!"
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      Writing Center Abstract Tutorial at UNC
      The University of North Carolina provides on its website a brief tutorial on what is an abstract and how to write it. In it, you will learn what an abstract is and what you need to learn for writing good abstracts that sum up your thesis or paper.
      Websites

      Free

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      Joyce Barnett
      Written on June 29, 2017
      "While I was working on my thesis, my advisor suddenly fell ill, and was extremely difficult to reach during this crucial process. In my search for good online resources to use..."
      JB
      Joyce Barnett
      Written on June 29, 2017
      "While I was working on my thesis, my advisor suddenly fell ill, and was extremely difficult to reach during this crucial process. In my search for good online resources to use as I was working on my writing, I stumbled upon the Writing Center Abstract Tutorial at UNC. This one stop webpage gave me so much information about what was expected in the content, formatting, and flow of the abstract, and couldn't have provided me with more help!"
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      Kathleen Fowler
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "This website offers me assistance with writing skills by presenting many types of questions I could ask myself to generate or prompt and writing focus. It also provides coaching and courses to further enhance my writing skill progress. The option to participate in writing groups is also available as I might enjoy the feedback and interplay of discussion of writing improvement from my peers."
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      Kathy Newman
      Written on October 15, 2017
      "The basic problem with the solution is that it’s just that: basic. It doesn’t really tell you anything you shouldn’t already know from your English classes, and while it is a good condenser of good tips, it’s not going to help you improve in the way that a real life person would."
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      Ryan Ford
      Written on May 22, 2017
      "I am a grad student and needed help in writing an abstract for a research paper. I came upon this resource and have found it to be a great help. It walks you through all the steps."
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      UACES how to write an abstract for a paper
      The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies offers this little guide written by Albrecht Sonntag that explains all that you need to write an abstract that will make your paper published and accepted for any conference or peer review.
      Websites

      Free

      EH
      Ethan Hall
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I had no idea how to write an abstract for a paper when I started graduate school. Then I found the UACES guide about how to write an abstract for a paper. This guide made..."
      EH
      Ethan Hall
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I had no idea how to write an abstract for a paper when I started graduate school. Then I found the UACES guide about how to write an abstract for a paper. This guide made it simple and explained everything that should and shouldn't be included in a proper abstract. I feel like an expert now."
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      Héctor Mora
      Written on March 14, 2017
      "This is a good writing tool for anyone in high school, college, or even someone looking to hone skills for their career. I have found more success in my written reports for work since using this product."
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      Barbara Peters
      Written on January 6, 2017
      "This is a pretty solid solution. I love that it's a very reputable and professional site. The only downfall is it's more technical that I personally would prefer."
      KR
      Kathryn Rice
      Written on October 17, 2017
      "This is help for a very specific kind of writing, abstracts. This looks ok for that, but I was expecting something that would help my writing more generally."
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      [TUTORIAL] How To Write and Abstract guide
      This little guide form the Linguist List is a classic to have a first idea of what we will be needing to write a compelling abstract for our thesis, paper or academic work. Although it was written in 1997 the base for the writing is the same for nowadays and it will help you to focus on the elements that you need for your abstract writing.
      Articles

      Free

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      Diane Payne
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I keep this website bookmarked for when I need to draft up compelling proposals to my employer. The format works well for this. I do not find it as helpful for general..."
      DP
      Diane Payne
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I keep this website bookmarked for when I need to draft up compelling proposals to my employer. The format works well for this. I do not find it as helpful for general writing skills, such as writing a short story or a letter to somebody. This website is too specific for that, and pertains mainly to abstract ideas."
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      Walter James
      Written on March 28, 2017
      "If you need to write a quick abstract, this little guide has been a standard going on a decade. Short but thorough, it covers all the important parts of an abstract, from motivation through conclusion. No need to get a book when this one page covers everything you need to know."
      JH
      Jennifer Henry
      Written on October 12, 2017
      "This guide is old and it lacks detail. It's not sufficient enough for me to read it and be able to write a good abstract."
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      writers digest
      Writer's Digest is a magazine and an online web that is focused on helping writers to get their work published, improve their style and writing technique and offer courses and helping tools to writers and to anyone who want to write professionally.
      Websites

      Free

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      Sai Sharma
      Written on January 7, 2017
      "I hit a rut in my writing. I couldn't focus and I was not getting sufficient work. There are lots of websites offering suggestions on how to get published. While it is a bit..."
      SS
      Sai Sharma
      Written on January 7, 2017
      "I hit a rut in my writing. I couldn't focus and I was not getting sufficient work. There are lots of websites offering suggestions on how to get published. While it is a bit overloaded with information, the Writer's Digest website is a great resource for all of your writing needs."
      JJ
      José Juan Mondragón
      Written on October 19, 2017
      "This is area that I have limited knowledge but the website does a job for only beginners. The rest of the writing skills in the website contains courses which you have to pay anyway."
      CM
      Catherine Medina
      Written on July 5, 2017
      "Writer's Digest is perfect for that future Stephen King in you. If you are a writer at any level you can improve by using this tool."
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      wikihow: How to use English Punctuation Correctly
      Wikihow offers a wide selection of know-how and learn how resources. In this wiki, you can learn and read pieces of advice and professional tips on how to use English punctuation properly on all your texts. This is a very helpful resource to improve your writing
      Articles

      Free

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      Alexander Mills
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "A very comprehensive guide to punctuation. When I started blogging I wanted to brush up on my composition skills and found this site to be a very useful place to start. Not..."
      AM
      Alexander Mills
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "A very comprehensive guide to punctuation. When I started blogging I wanted to brush up on my composition skills and found this site to be a very useful place to start. Not the be all and end all, as the focus is rather narrow. But, a good place to check out and start honing your mastery of written English."
      CJ
      Christopher Jimenez
      Written on April 27, 2017
      "With auto correct and auto fill anticipating our every move it was fun for me to read about the basics of punctuation. If you need a hand figuring out your colon from your semi-colon then you should check out this information on punctuation. I suggest you "dash" on over to learn about hyphens."
      DS
      Debra Sanders
      Written on January 24, 2017
      "Wikihow is a great way to improve your writing and grammar. They have professional advice and helpful resources."
      LH
      Laura Hopkins
      Written on October 18, 2017
      "The format is a little generic and information gets lost. Not the best or the worse."
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      Grammar girl
      Mignon Fogarty runs this blog on his website called Quickanddirtytips.com Grammar girl is the helping hand for all your writing doubts. She offers tools to improve your writing skills, tips about English grammar, style correction and many other helpful resources.
      Websites

      Free

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      Kathy Lucas
      Written on May 5, 2017
      "The grammar section of Quickanddirtytips.com is chock full of useful advice. It's a little difficult to find exactly what you are looking for, but if you just want an overall..."
      KL
      Kathy Lucas
      Written on May 5, 2017
      "The grammar section of Quickanddirtytips.com is chock full of useful advice. It's a little difficult to find exactly what you are looking for, but if you just want an overall enhancement to your skills this is certainly a blog to read through. It can teach you all about the introductory paragraph of an essay or the difference between two very similar words. My favorites are the posts about where phrases come from and what exactly they mean... where did elbow grease come from? Grammar Girl can tell you."
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      Amit Venkatesan
      Written on February 26, 2017
      "I use Grammargirl on quickanddirtytips.com for all of my formal writing needs. Every time I get stuck on how to correctly expressive myself when I formally write, I go straight to Grammargirl to tell me how to correctly write. This is a very nice information site that I refer to, in order to make myself look educated when I write."
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      Craig Nichols
      Written on October 11, 2017
      "Grammar girls is supposed to help you improve your writing skills, but it's designed with a younger audience in mind. If you are already mostly proficient in English, the website won't be for you."
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      Matthew Patterson
      Written on May 26, 2017
      "I still write like i'm in third grade. I didn't want anybody to see my bad handwriting in person, so this is the perfect solution."
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      Poynter Writing Tools
      Poynter.org is a blog about journalism and writing that offers posts with tips and advises on how to write better, improve your skills and courses and training programs on journalistic writing. 
      Websites

      Free

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      Juan Snyder
      Written on October 18, 2017
      "Poynter Writing Tools is touted as a blog to help you improve your writing skills but I didn't find much new or helpful info on the site. There are much better resources out..."
      JS
      Juan Snyder
      Written on October 18, 2017
      "Poynter Writing Tools is touted as a blog to help you improve your writing skills but I didn't find much new or helpful info on the site. There are much better resources out there if you're looking to improved your writing skills, check out a couple books on the topic that is a good place to start."
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      Maria Aguilar
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "Poynter is a great resource for journalism training and improvement to your writing skills. They post webinars and offer self-directed learning. I have been very satisfied with every course I've tried so far and look forward to continuing my education with Poynter!"
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      Frank Jones
      Written on February 2, 2017
      "I've met many nice mentors, and now friends, not Poynter. There are tons of people ready to constructively criticize my riding, and it has helped me improve my grade in my English class 2 letter grades."
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      Julie Wagner
      Written on January 24, 2017
      "So many great tips here. It has really helped me in beginning my writing career."

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    Best resources for improving your writing skills
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Scrivener Software 9 Paid
    2 StyleWriter Software 5 Paid
    3 Writer's Digest University Course 3 Paid
    4 Daily Page Websites 1 Paid
    5 Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within Books 0 Paid
    6 The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers Books 0 Paid
    7 The Elements of Style (4th Edition) Books 0 Paid
    8 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion Books 0 Paid
    9 Living Out Loud Books 0 Paid
    10 642 Things to Write About Books 0 Paid
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