When I’m considering what to write for a blog post or a fanfiction, the words come to me like wildfire as I brainstorm or speak it out loud when I’m alone of course, but the moment I sit down to actually write it, it feels like my brain just went blank. Then before I know it, I have a dictionary tab open at all times to check to see if I’m using the correct words to describe something, or the thesaurus for some synonyms so I’m not using the same words all the time. It makes me feel ashamed that I’m doing this when I can conjure what to say in my head flawlessly but when it’s time to actually write it down, it doesn’t emerge the way I thought it would.
It’s like my vocabulary is dwindling for some reason and I was trying to figure out why that is. Some research indicates the reason for this is we have become so reliant on technology with digital communication like emails and instant messaging and much of our vocabulary can be improved through verbal communication instead.
Or maybe we can still use digital sources to improve, I’m not an expert but I’ve made attempts to improve by using Dictionary.com frequently. The app also gives me a word of the day. I have a physical dictionary too that I purchased back in college and I do crossword puzzles from time to time, but another idea struck me of what could also help.
What’s been eating at me the most is finding more words to use, and I came across Grammarly. It’s a site that’s been advertised to me before and I shunned the idea of using it to improve because the feature I wanted the most were locked behind the premium subscriptions and I try not to pay for too many of those! Right now I just use the basic features of Grammarly, here and Wattpad (it doesn’t always work here for some reason), where it corrects my spelling and punctuation.
But it isn’t much since all the other suggestions are behind premium. I sometimes wonder if I really should just buy the premium, especially if my blog is to grow and my fanfics too to continue to improve my writing. I always think of the possibility of changing my blog’s plan in the future as well, especially if my audience increases.
So what about this, should I try the premium? I hate the idea of almost everything on the Internet being locked behind subscriptions because businesses seem to view it as the best way to siphon more money from us. But sometimes I do make an exception so what about this one?