Grammarly is a Writer’s Tool You Can’t Do Without!

Desk, coffee, and laptop by nick morrison

Dorothy Parker famously said, “I can’t write five words but that I change seven.” The young Anaïs Nin complained that her works lacked concentration and clearness. “I drift into vague visions and abstract forms and above all superfluities.”

While it’s true that there are few things that make one a better writer than the practice of writing itself, there’s at least one way to improve the craft and correctness of one’s writing that’s almost like having a live-in copy editor cleaning up your prose as you go along. Grammarly is a writer’s tool you can’t do without — and I honestly can’t believe I’ve been doing without it for these many years!

Grammarly is super-easy to use. Once you sign in, you can test-drive the free option, which in itself is incredibly powerful. All you do is copy your document, say, a blog post, article, or chapter of a book, and paste it into the space provided on your personal page in the program. It then analyzes your document and points out your basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. I’ll admit, I’m big on overusing commas. The program calls me out on that, and any other inadvertent sloppiness and I simply go back into my original doc to correct it. Then, it’s good to go.

If I had all the time in the world, I’d go back and check the hundreds of posts already on the Literary Ladies site. I’ve occasionally spotted embarrassing typos after the fact, but now, nothing new goes up before a Grammarly review.

True grammar nerds can join the Grammarly Facebook community, which is filled with fun grammar tips and discussions. Not surprisingly, Grammarly is used by hundreds of business and universities in addition to the millions of individual writers and students who have fallen in love with this great tool.

Dorothy Parker on writing and revising

Free vs. premium plan

The free plan also includes an extension you can install for the major browsers, so that your writing gets checked wherever you post — for example, on social media. The premium version might be tempting for those with advanced writing needs. For example, it has a plagiarism feature that compares your writing against a library of over 8 billion web pages. If you’ve ever worried that you’ve unintentionally borrowed content, that would be flagged for you.

The premium version also offers vocabulary enhancement, more advanced context-related grammar checking, genre-specific writing suggestions, and a lot more. Both in the free and premium versions, the program keeps tabs on how well you’re doing with the writing you upload. Since I’m in the 96th percentile (“What?” says my dear departed mom, “Why not 100%?”), I think I’m pretty content with the free plan for now, but if my writing pursuits scale up enough, I might be tempted.

Before posting this, I’m going to go into my account to check. Stand by … OK, just two tiny errors. Not bad. But zero errors is better.

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Affiliate disclosure: I’m so taken with Grammarly that I joined their affiliate program. All the views expressed here are sincere and my own. If the purchase of a premium account is made through the links in this review, Literary Ladies gets a small commission, which helps us maintain the site and keep it growing!

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