Lockdown

While the UK and much of the world is on lockdown, a lot more people are working from home (or, at least, trying to)! For me, that’s not much a great change. What has changed is the type of work I’m getting; most of what I’m working on now is, perhaps not surprisingly, COVID-19 based.

Apart from the obvious changes to your lifestyle, has anything changed for you? Please share interesting changes that have resulted from the current world situation!

Where Nobody Can See

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By Laura Moverin

She stands over me, hands on hips, shouting. Or maybe she’s not shouting but it comes across with the intensity of a shout. It echoes other shouts I’ve heard before; my mother yelling at me when I was a child, my teacher angry at me for some misdemeanour. The passion of it is startling because it’s not about a personal grievance, it’s because I made too many posts on the school’s social media site at work this week. Apparently, I should have been more focused on other things in the library.

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Useful Resources

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Nothing beats having a real human check over your work before you publish it, but there are a lot of useful tools available to help eliminate common errors. If you are a serious writer, it could be worth using one (or more) of these as a way of identifying common mistakes you make. Bear in mind, though, that they aren’t really capable of accounting for tone of voice or stylistic choices.

Some of the most popular of these tools are:

Grammarlyhttps://app.grammarly.com

This is probably the most well-known grammar checker at present. It offers both free and paid versions.

Perfect Ithttps://intelligentediting.com/

Aimed more at editors, the main benefit of this is its consistency checking ability. There is a free trial available.

ProWritingAidhttps://prowritingaid.com/

A comprehensive grammar and style checker, ProWritingAid offers a vast array of features, including checks for readability, consistency and overused words. There is a free online checker and paid download/plug-in.

Typely  – https://editor.typely.com/

Stating right from the start that it is NOT a grammar checker, Typely analyses usage (jargon, redundancies, jargon, etc) and aims to ‘tighten’ your work. It is free to use.