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Five Useful Resources for Copywriters

When it comes to carefully crafting a piece of work, we all like to pride ourselves on the use of our brain and our independent creativity. But while I still love the notion of using my trusted but rather battered Oxford English Dictionary, it’s hard to resist the allure of the internet with its latest updates and instantaneous information. So whether you’re a new writer or a professional, here are some of our favourite online resources for writers.

www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

A handy tool when double checking grammar queries, Grammar Girl’s fun and friendly explanations are easy-to-understand thanks to a good layout and working examples. The search function also makes it easy to locate your query.

www.thesaurus.com

A good thesaurus is every writer’s best friend and while we’ve tried a few, we always come back to this one. May be it’s the bright orange welcome that greets every viewer or the use of the thesaurus visuals that are in every search. Either way, this resource is a must-have when those imminent deadlines are looming. The site has recently been upgraded, and now includes new features, one of which allows you to save your favourite synonyms by search query.

www.polishmywriting.com

Ideal for new and experienced writers alike, this resource acts as a second pair of eyes on your digital content, to get feedback on spelling errors, grammar, and style suggestions. You don’t have to take everything on board but the useful, pop up explanation boxes will teach even the most seasoned content providers something new.

www.oxforddictionaries.com

A wide vocabulary underpins the entire writing process and offering access to over 600,000 words, this resource allows you to check definitions and see usage examples. True wordsmiths will also enjoy geeky moments reading about the origins of a searched word. With estimates approximating that a new word is created every 98 minutes, this website will ensure you have all the latest definitions at your fingertips.

www.synotac.com/read

Offered as a free service by a company called Pixel Spoke, this ‘ease of readability’ measuring tool is relevant for writers who prepare web copy for their clients. It’s based on differing values depending on who the content is aimed at, either B2B or B2C. Writers may also be interested in the ‘Stanford Guidelines for Web Credibility’ white paper, listed on the same site.

Karen Osman
Karen Osman
Originally from England, Karen has lived the ex-pat life for the last 15 years across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. After completing a B.A. in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Durham, a two year period teaching in Tokyo was the start of a career that combined her two great loves; travel and the English language. Moving to Dubai in 2004, Karen engaged in a sales, marketing and public relations role for a luxury hospitality company. It was a great opportunity to develop communication for luxury brands, gaining experience in writing and adapting copy for both off-line and on-line channels. After identifying a gap in the market for specialised writing services for the travel, tourism and hospitality sector, Karen set up Travel Ink in 2011, steadily building the business to include some of the most high-profile hotels, airlines and tourism establishments in the region. In addition to her role as Managing Director, Karen is also the Travel and Tourism Chair Person for the British Business Group and a committee member of Business Network International.

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