• Jai Patel

Top 3 Sites For Newbie Writers!

Hey guys! 🖐️

I had my very first Live session on IG last night with the majestic human/unicorn hybrid Michelle Yesudas (@ghostinthechellee) titled How To Start Writing: Fiction & Non-Fiction. If you missed it, the full video is on my IG feed (@jaipatelauthor).

Anyway, I wanted to take a closer look at sites that are great resources for writers. There are quite a few of them, but I'll whittle it down to my Top 3.

Here we go! 🚀

#1 Grammarly (

Grammarly uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to help you clean up your writing. What does this mean? It simply means that Grammarly is a very smart spellchecker, and even suggests corrections and improvements in your writing. Think of Grammarly as a virtual writing assistant.

By the way . . . I'm using Grammarly even as I'm writing this blog post. There are plugins too, which are really helpful e.g. Grammarly for Chrome and Grammarly for Microsoft Word. Best of all, these plugins are free to download and use.

If you need more functions you can always upgrade to Grammarly Premium WHICH I DON'T RECOMMEND BTW because (1) It's expensive and (2) The basic version is useful enough

What do I use this for?

🖊️Basic grammar and spelling checking.

#2 Word Hippo (

Word Hippo is my favorite animal. Seriously, it is such a time-saver. What can you find on the site?

● Synonyms (Thesaurus)

● Antonyms

● Definitions

● Rhymes

● Sentences

● Translations (!)

● Find Words

● Word Forms

● Pronunciations (!)

I ALWAYS have Word Hippo open on my browser whenever I'm writing and/or editing.

What do I use this for?

🖊️The Synonyms (thesaurus) function, mainly, which is by far the best thesaurus I've come across online. Have a better suggestion? Please let me know!

#3 Describing Words (

Have you ever struggled with describing things when you write? STORY OF MY LIFE. Well, Describing Words is great for just that.

The site helps you find, uh, describing words. It does what it says on the tin. For example, if you search for "Eyes" on the site, you get words like:

● Expressive

● Probing

● Childlike

● Beady

● Unblinking

You get the idea. BUT . . . don't go overboard with these words. Make sure you put some effort into choosing the best ones (which are usually the simplest and easiest-to-understand words).

I hope you find this blog post helpful! I'd love to hear from you. Drop me a line or find me on IG @jaipatelauthor

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