Writing Not Your Thing? Apps to Help with Grammar, Clarity and More

November 11, 2021  •   LPi

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When it comes to crafting content and policing grammar, even the most accomplished writers need a helping hand now and then. Here are five websites and apps that will aid in the quality, readability, and grammar of your parish’s written communications.

Pro-Writing Aid: This service checks not only the grammar, spelling and style of your written work but can also provide feedback on things like sentence variety, style guide compliance and much more (it can even tell you if you’re using words that end in “-ing” too much!). Both free and premium versions are offered, featuring different levels of service.

Grammarly: Grammarly uses AI to check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement and more. A free option is available but purchasing the business plan will unlock features that include tone adjustments, clarity-focused sentence rewrites, and other useful tools designed specifically for teams.

Ginger: Spelling mistakes, overly wordy sentences, and cliched phrases are no match for the Ginger software, which offers context-based corrections and tips for improved communication. Some services, like the grammar checker, are free of charge, but accessing the tools that boost creativity and style of writing require the purchase of a premium plan.

Hemingway Editor: This handy, free app operates like a virtual communications assistant to ensure that your writing is clear, bold, and readable. Copy and paste a block of text into its assessing tool and Hemingway Editor will tell you what academic grade of writing it is while highlighting issues like weakening phrases and passive voice.

Scribens: Scribens is a free, one-stop shop for analyzing grammar, style, and readability. Paste your text into their grammar check tool and it will identify writing issues like redundancies and run-on sentences. There are even widgets to help you make your text more positive or pejorative, depending on the tone you want to convey. A premium option is available for purchase (prices are listed in English pounds, as it is a British-based service).

Once you’ve got the writing wrapped up, it’s time to engage your community. A blog on your website is a great way to communicate with parishioners wherever they are!

Polished writing is only one part of the toolbox you need for your parish communications, check out Does Your Church Need a Communication Crew? for tips on creating a team that can do it all.

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