When you’re a writer, it’s impossible to catch all of your mistakes. There were times when I read a rough draft of one of my novel chapters and caught an error on the 3rd or 4th read. It happens. That’s why I decided to give Grammarly a try. That was about a year ago now and now I’m busy writing this: a blog post on why you need Grammarly in your life.
Being that one of my passions in life is writing, I heard many other writers rave about using Grammarly. So, of course, I had to check it out for myself.
What is Grammarly? It’s an editor that checks for things like grammar and spelling, punctuation, and so much more. I’ve even had it help me with my writing style. To put it simply, and right from Grammarly themselves, “Millions of users rely on Grammarly every day to make their messages, documents, and social media posts clear, mistake-free, and effective.”
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So, I signed up for their free services (which are still very much worth it). When I’m working on one of my manuscripts, I always use Grammarly to check for mistakes after I’m finished with a chapter and need to spruce it up. And as I write my blog posts, I use the Edge browser extension so it can automatically check as I’m creating my content. It doesn’t get any better than that. And a heads up, they have browser extensions for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox too!
I’ve already mentioned this above, but it needs to be said again because it makes using Grammarly and creating mistake-free work easier, but browser extensions. Having them means you can check your work as you’re writing. It means that Grammarly is constantly working on helping you create better content. This is what I used for my blog posts and it has been so helpful. Sometimes I put my posts together so quick that I make errors and this helps me weed them out.
Grammarly’s algorithm is more than just checking for grammar and spelling errors. Although it’s really helpful, they offer more than just that. It checks for things in grammar that, even to this day, I still don’t remember or understand from when I had English back in high school.
It’ll help you improve and sharpen your writing skills. I know it’s helped me. Some of the errors I used to make, I don’t make anymore because I’m able to see how Grammarly is correcting my work first hand. Even before I have Grammarly check my work I come across things that don’t make sense and know that Grammarly is going to flag it. Through using the program, it’s taught me things from using it that I probably wouldn’t learn from using a standard spelling and grammar checker.
In turn, Grammarly is going to make you feel more confident. Sure, it’s not the same as getting dressed up and seeing yourself glow in the mirror. But your writing (your content) surely will glow. And that makes you glow too. Once you start seeing how much it helps you with your work, you won’t look back. You’ll ask yourself why you didn’t use it sooner. That’s how I feel about it, anyway.
It’s free! But, they do offer a premium upgrade as well that houses even more checks and features. Having premium is like having an editor right by your side checking over your work as you write. You get enhancement suggestions, plagiarism detectors (great for academic students!), and so much more in the premium version. But, remember, your work will start to glow with just their free services too. I know first hand. But, if you’re feeling like you want to give premium a try, they offer an amazing discount if you purchase one of their annual plans. It’s a huge saving (and yet another reason why you need Grammarly in your life).
One of my absolute favorite features of Grammarly is their definition and synonym checker. This is offered as one of their free services. When I’m working on my manuscripts, I am constantly switching back and forth between tabs to look up synonyms or definitions to make sure I’m using words in the proper context. With Grammarly’s browser extension installed, all I have to do is double-click on a word and it tells me the definition and offers me synonyms. So, if you’re like me and if you find yourself using the same words over and over to describe your character’s hair or attitude, then this feature is perfect for you.
You can add words into your personal dictionary, meaning it won’t constantly get flagged as an error. I think this is especially helpful for those who are writing in genres like fantasy. And, when I’m ready to dabble in that genre more, I think I’ll find myself using this feature more.
It’s really easy to use. I’ve never had a problem with figuring things out when installing it. I think that’s the great thing about Grammarly: You don’t work for it, it works for you. And that’s something you can’t beat. Not when you’re a writer and constantly putting together content for others to see. You’re not going to waste more time, instead, it helps you save time and be more productive. Basically, you won’t need to read through your work a thousand times because you have Grammarly to help.
You have options. What I mean by this is that you can choose to have the browser extension, download Grammarly to your desktop, or go to www.grammarly.com and log in and use it there where you can copy and paste your content into their editor. When I first started, I used to just log in, but now I mostly use their browser extension and when I need my chapters for my manuscripts checked, I use the desktop download.
If you work mostly from your phone, you don’t have to be concerned. Grammarly has an app! You can override your current keyboard with theirs so it can check for errors and mistakes. So, as you’re posting on Instagram or writing an email, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of Grammarly at your fingertips.
It’s made for everyone. You don’t have to be an author or have a blog to need Grammarly. Do you write emails? Are you a student? Are you on social media daily? If you can answer yes to any of those, then that’s why you need Grammarly in your life. It’ll make writing so much easier for you!
I can’t tell you how many mistakes it has caught for me. And on top of it, it makes me feel way more confident when it comes to posting my content and creating 100,000-word manuscripts.
One of my goals with my posts is offering (even if it is only slight) one of the following: balance, confidence, and positivity through my own experiences. I’m writing about Grammarly because I know it’s helped me feel more comfortable and confident in my content. Because of that, I know it can help others too.
I wouldn’t be promoting a service unless I knew whole-heartedly how effective and amazing it is. Grammarly is both effective and amazing. I’ve never been disappointed with what they offer. Instead, I’m super grateful that I was able to come across them during a vital time in my life when I was learning that writing is one of my greatest passions.