Wow, my first two REAL posts on my website were TRASH! Well, at least one of them was trash while the other was passable. And luckily, I had some help to get them up to par. 😒 So, what am I talking about here?
During these quarantine times, I’ve been fighting with myself to create more content for my brands and for the company I work for. Most of the time, a few things get in the way – time, my inner editor, and my writing skills.
I am the queen 👑 of the run-on sentence. Even now, I am fighting the urge to “Run Forest, Run” with my words, avoiding periods and commas like the plague (or Covid-19 🤦🏾♀️). And because I am aware of my shortcomings, I experience nothing but writer’s block when the terms “content” and “blog post” enter the conversation.
A writer and published author friend of mine shared that these are the same fears that seasoned writers experience. Glad I’m not alone! Her advice? Focus on writing without editing, and then perhaps let Grammarly help clean things up.
I’m not so sure that I’m great at “brain dump” style writing; however, I can get down with the “editing” as I write. I know, I know. Didn’t I just say my “inner editor” was a problem? Yes, but I believe that my “inner editor” speaks more about me changing my mind about what I’m going to write about than editing the actual structure of my sentences and paragraphs.
I think “editing as I go” could be a bonus here and will save me time as I work to put out more content. I’m not looking to write the next best dissertation on how tech is saving lives and why. I’m just here to share what I’ve learned in hopes of helping others. And I want to do this the best way that I can, without fumbling all over my words.
As you may start to become aware, I’m a software junkie. I found Grammarly quite some time ago and have been paying the monthly subscription off and on since 2017! While I’ve used it mostly for work, it would make sense that I would use it for my personal brands as well. Not sure why I haven’t either.
Grammarly, allows me to be me while helping me avoid run-ons and lousy sentence structure. I can, in essence, brain dump, while Grammarly does the heavy lifting of editing. This is AMAZING! Knowing that I’m near the end of wrapping up this blog post and it has been edited along the way is even more rewarding. I’ll actually be able to post this as soon as I’m done (and maybe after a few re-reads for continuity).
There is nothing more empowering than writing and finishing a full post that’s ready to be published. All of sudden, content ideas for my personal website are flowing out of me “like hot lava.” (Name that movie.🤔)
And just like that, FEAR removed. Thanks, Grammarly!
But enough about all that! Sharing my pros and cons.