The beautiful thing about being a writer in Nigeria or anywhere else, is that you can always get better at it. However, sitting on a draft for days or weeks on end, finessing your work is good, but not always practical.
Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there that can speed the editing process up. What more, some of them are free!
So, we found you some free online apps to help you write more clearly.
1. Readability Checker
This online application — makes it easy to see how your writing ranks.
You paste your written work into the box, and the app calculates two metrics:
- Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease
- The Grade Level
Flesch-Kincaid (named after the researchers who invented it) has a “higher is better” scoring. For business writing, shoot for a score of 80 or above.
Grade Level (which is calculated using several methods) defines the probable grade level of education required to understand the passage. For business writing, shoot for Grade 7 or lower.
2. Grammar Corrector
The app does a good job of identifying errors, both grammatical and stylistic.
If you’ve got the habit of overusing a particular phrase, the app would identify it as a “dead phrase” and suggest that you rewrite the sentence.
3. Spam Analyzer
The tool checks the content of emails to see whether they’re likely to be caught by spam filters. As so with the readability checker, you plug your writing into a box and it flags words that might identify what you’ve written as spam.
Many spam filters flag (and junk) emails with words that salespeople use, like “opportunity,” “free,” and “winning.” This tool not only flags sales talk that you might want to reconsider but also helps ensure your writing, if in an email, actually gets to the recipient.
4. Corporate Bullshit Generator
is fun and useful. It shows a cartoon of four business people sitting around a conference room table. You click on the “Go” button, and speech balloons containing biz blab appear over the participants’ heads.
This app not only helps you realize how unprofessional you sound when you talk or write fanciful business jargon, but gives you an exhaustive list of which to avoid.
5. Cliché Finder
This app is a bit less polished than the previous ones, but is still useful. Rather than find spam or grammatical errors, it locates and flags commonly used clichés. Clichés make you sound unimaginative, so stop using them.
Hey, writers! Have you used any of these apps? Are there others we need to know about? Tell us in the comments!