Look it is ALL there at a click of a tab!
Browser File “Open All in Tabs” is a trick I use to help expedite my writing; be it blogs, marketing posts, or anything. Even though most editing programs offer spell check, they don’t offer ideas. That’s what this little trick gives me in bucket loads. If you don’t use your Internet browser for writing, you are wasting time. Understand I use Firefox which easily allows me to create folders that automatically have “Open All In Tabs” at the bottom of each file; some browsers don’t offer this. All of the sources I’ll be talking about are free except for the grammar site.
So how do you save time? Create a “bookmark” file that includes the following links: online Thesaurus.com, dictionary.com, OneLook Reverse Dictionary, Synonym.com, and (whether you are a poet or not) online Rhyming dictionary. I also include the AP online Stylebook as a tab, and use it quite often especially since they have all sorts of quick and easy grammar tips; but if you aren’t willing to pay for this service (which is updated quite regularly and is used by most news media and other venues) you don’t NEED it.
Even though Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.com are the same site, I find it easier to click the browsers tab instead of the sites tab (pages are already loaded) if you have a slow Internet service. You see the more open tabs you have means that your browser is continually re-connecting to the Internet for updates… i.e., you can start getting very slow responses to your queries.
The purpose for these sites should be quite obvious, but don’t limit yourself while using them. For example don’t read only part of your search results. Using multiple words to describe the same item or function creates a much more readable copy. An example: Such writing not only shows your grasp of the English language, but it also shows your determination to be creative and engaging in your writing – this is lazy and repetitive. Such writing not only shows your grasp of the English language, but it also expresses your determination to be creative and engaging in your efforts. In short try not to use the same descriptive words (nouns or adjectives) twice in the same sentence (or even paragraph), if you can.
If you go to OneLook.com’s main page you can also search definitions, translations and all dictionaries of the word you input. I will admit the results from searches on this site have rarely found the exact word I was looking for, many times just typing in different spellings at the dictionary.com site was more productive, faster. But while looking for the right word or idea, don’t gloss over the wrong results. Many times I have found a more appropriate word or phrase with such unwanted outcomes and/or it triggered more “out of the box” creative ideas. .
Synonym.com also has a separate tab for antonyms and definitions; since I rarely look for antonyms, I don’t give that page its own tab. But when looking for words that seem to elude me after multiple searches, antonyms have given me more ideas to search for and have even given me new paths to traverse as I work to congeal the perfect picture for my reader.
As for the Rhyming.com dictionary, even non-poets can use this resource in so many ways. If you can’t figure out how to spell a word and multiple tries on the dictionary site don’t work, try putting in a word that rhymes with your target on is site. You can also find words that have beginning and ending rhyming sounds, first and last syllable rhymes; I have even discovered new words with this site. (This is also a great cheat if you like doing crossword puzzles.)
Don’t forget the other browser aids. If your browser has an app/add-on/extension for document editing you may even be able to do all of your writing online.
One more time let me iterate that the best reason to use this type of writer’s aid is to generate more creativity and flexibility; both of which create more readability and a better picture in your readers mind. It’s like giving a painter different size brushes and different color paint and (if you push it to the limits — which I haven’t found any yet) different size and types of canvas. Writing is as much an art as it is a skill; if you love it like I do the above list is just the beginning!