Two Awesome Online Tools to Improve Your Writing (For Free)

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can.
Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.”
~Ernest Hemingway

Which among the three stages of writing do you find the most daunting—prewriting, writing, or rewriting? Most writers would probably say it’s revising and editing their work. For example, Oscar Wilde is reported to have said, “I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence…. In the afternoon I put it back again.”

However, revising and editing your work is crucial to your success. If your article is sloppily edited, it is unlikely to be published. One of the enduring principles of good writing is to write fast and to revise slowly. As Justice Brandeis said, “There is no great writing, only great rewriting.”

Unfortunately, the eye

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Bruce, the reluctant leprechaun

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He’s coming.

It’s Christmas morning and Bruce (that’s what I call him) is sliding down the chimney. I see his pointy head in the fireplace. I hold my breath lest my reluctant leprechaun senses my presence behind the curtain and disappears.

For a year, he’s helped grow the fortunes of my business by perfecting the stitches of my handcrafted shoes left on the workbench.

Bruce sees my gift – tiny shoes. Scurrying to the Christmas tree, he puts them on.

Sigh!

Bruce kicks his heels together. Bruce does the jig back to the chimney, leaving behind a trail of fairy dust.

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What is Ayurveda?

Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia

‘Ayurveda has hit on something deep in nature. Its knowledge is rooted not in technology but in wisdom, which I would define as a reliable understanding of the human organism gathered over many centuries.’
Deepak Chopra

The word ‘Ayurveda’ can be broken into ‘Ayur’ and ‘Veda’. ‘Ayur’ (which means ‘Life’) is the constant amalgamation and union of body, sense organs, mind and self. ‘Veda’ means ‘Knowledge’. Together, Ayurveda means ‘Knowledge of Life and Longevity’.

The basic principles of Ayurveda trace their roots to the core of Indian philosophy and highlight a noble concept: that man is the microcosm of the macrocosm that is the universe. Man and the entire universe are composed of the same basic elements. There is in man as much diversity as is present in the external universe.

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The Best Online Tool for Writers

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“I don’t charge extra for typos. They’re just my gift to you.” ~ Michael Port

One of the biggest problems we freelance writers face is the difficulty in revising and checking our own work. Even if we have the luxury of reading our work with fresh eyes after putting it away for a day or two, we can’t be absolutely sure that our work is free from all errors.

Some of us may have writer-friends who can read our work and point out errors, but that may not be feasible all the time. They may be busy or on vacation. And they are also likely to miss a mistake or two.

What we need is a reliable tool that is accessible 24×7 and can check out work fast. What we need is Grammarly.

Grammarly Editor is an online writing application that helps you to finds and corrects mistakes in your

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Are You a Writer Who Doesn’t Exercise?

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise.
One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it.”
~Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller

The most common reason why we writers don’t exercise is because we don’t have time. Yet we somehow magically find time to watch our favorite TV shows.

Often we don’t feel like exercising. We feel too tired or stressed and just want to relax after a hard day’s work. Finally, even if we start exercising, we soon give up because of boredom. Of course, we are writers and artists, so we can come up with a hundred other reasons for not exercising.

There is a simple solution to all these excuses: Exercise while watching TV!

Five benefits of exercising while watching TV

Exercising while watching TV (or funny cat videos on YouTube) is a no-brainer. Check out all its benefits:

Guilt-free

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The Perfection of My Father’s Death

Not again! I was tired and wanted sleep. Instead, I was staring out the window into the darkness. Then again, I’d become used to waking up in the middle of the night worrying about my father’s ailing health and our future.

I mentally ran through my checklist for when the inevitable happened: ask my cousin to drive me home; call my editor to reassign my interviews; make sure the car’s petrol tank was topped up.

What if I were overseas, though, when Daddy died? I must have enough money to buy a ticket home. I must arrange for someone to help Mummy call the doctor, report the matter to the police and do all the paperwork. Daddy had to be taken to the mortuary until I was home.

Such morbid thoughts, I know. However, I’ve learned that, in the dead of night, when worry and fear threatens to consume you, it’s best to

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Four More Ways to Practice Walking Meditation

By Rohi Shetty

“Walk so that your footprints bear only the marks of peaceful joy and complete freedom.
To do this you have to learn to let go.
Let go of your sorrows, let go of your worries.
That is the secret of walking meditation.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Walking meditation is a great way to learn how to be mindful even if you have never practiced meditation before. There are many ways to practice walking meditation.

In the last article, we have learned four ways to practice walking meditation:

Mindful awareness of the movement of legs and feet Mindful awareness of breathing Mindful awareness of body sensations Mindful listening

Now, let us learn four more ways to practice mindfulness during walking meditation:

Mindful seeing: During mindful walking, we usually keep our eyes downcast to avoid being distracted. However, when we practice mindful seeing, we can look around, notice the sky, trees, birds, or any

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