A big part of my blog is (obviously) the writing. Without it, I couldn’t convey how I feel about things. My reviews would just be images if my writing wasn’t in them and frankly, it’s hard to read posts as a reader when there’s nothing to read, right? So, what I’m getting at is that writing is fun and frankly important for what I do. Similarly, I improved it a great deal over the last three years, thanks to Grammarly. After graduating, my English knowledge was pretty solid already – but I didn’t know how or when to use commas, for instance, and I still would end up making lots of spelling or even grammatical mistakes. A lot of my older posts are frankly horrendous when it comes to spelling and grammar. I honestly have to resist the urge to edit them daily.
Grammarly at its core is an online service that quickly and easily makes your writing better. It works as an extension to your common writing tools like WordPress or Blogger but you can also use its extension in your day-to-day internet activities (including Twitter and Twitch) as well as a program to have it set up locally. There is Grammarly for Windows, your browser, and even your phone, meaning that you can be told what you’re doing wrong no matter what you’re doing.
On Twitter, I may end up writing a tweet and Grammarly will let me know about the tweet’s tone. Similarly, my first paragraph here has a lot of yellow marks on it because right now the punctuation in those compound/complex sentences is off. That’s something you wouldn’t know though because I corrected the last sentences by breaking them into two sentences and making them less wordy. “On the daily basis” turned to “daily” to reduce wordiness. This last sentence also featured a few red markings which basically tell you that something is grammatically wrong and not just a question of style, meaning that I had to switch out “it” for “them” due to the pronoun issue. At times, there are even blue markings that show me if there are unnecessary or redundant words in my sentences. I tend to use a lot of filler words like “really”, “basically”, “essentially”, “actually”, and so on – which is a bad habit of mine but I enjoy using them. Grammarly often points these out and thanks to markings in my editor, I realise how often I say “really” in a single paragraph, resulting in me editing it to reduce the number.
Obviously, Grammarly isn’t perfect, so it make a bit at times to get results but I like it a lot actually. I’m only on the free plan, meaning that Grammarly will only let me know about my basic issues: Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation. If I wanted to know what those three Word Choice sentences meant or which three sentences are “unclear” or “hard to read”, I’d have to upgrade the plan or just give it a read later on. Still, Grammarly’s Writing Assistant is an incredible tool that lets you know how you improved your style over time. On top of that, it shows you “correctness”, “clarity”, “engagement”, as well as a “delivery” parameter that defines your writing score, meaning that you can kind of understand how much you improved as well as where your issues are. The fact that the free plan doesn’t have a limit on how much you can write in it is pretty amazing and it works well for my writing needs. Still, I’m tempted to go for Premium if I was in a more stable financial situation. The Premium plan would give me everything that the free plan has, on top of a plagiarism checker, a tone checker, as well as vocabulary enhancements that you may end up using – or not – depending on what you’re going for.
Even without Premium, though, you can adjust your “goals” so that Grammarly knows what Audience, level of formality, domain, and intent you’re going for. For this post, in particular, my “audience” is knowledgeable (take that as a compliment!), I’m trying to be neutral (opposed to informal vs. formal), it’s a general “domain”, and my “intent” is to “inform” (though I usually don’t actually select anything here).
And as time went on, I ended up using Grammarly more and more. Not only during my writing process but also during the editing because frankly, it’s a lot easier to correct typos if you use Grammarly. I’m not paid by them by the way but I’d take a free Premium subscription as payment if any higher-ups at Grammarly read this… wink wink, nudge nudge. Uhm, my point is basically that by constantly seeing what I’m doing wrong, I can fix it immediately and possibly learn from it. I obviously have bad habits in writing like passive voice or filler words and Grammarly points those out and lets me know about it. It’s really useful and I learn from that in the process.
What I dislike in Grammarly, however, is that when your internet cuts out from time to time, it causes some issues with it, like your writing getting returned to a certain point, erasing all progress in the process. This can be quite annoying but what I end up doing to fix that is either to write in the WordPress Editor instead of the Grammarly Document View… or I copy all of it and paste it into a new Grammarly Document View, resulting in the issue being fixed. Another thing I noticed is that Grammarly often doesn’t recognize certain terms and words as “correct”, like “grindy” – in which case, however, I can simply add that term to the dictionary so that it doesn’t appear again as an error. That’s something minor and honestly, Grammarly can’t know about all the slang, all the gaming terms or even scientific terms that may be new, hence, being able to create your own dictionary is pretty amazing.
Overall, even with the free plan, Grammarly is an amazing tool and I highly recommend it if you want to either write a lot or if you want to level up your writing skills. In the end, I always misspell embarrassing and dictionary and words like that and Grammarly lets me know about it, resulting in me being able to correct these mistakes before they happen. My writing got better. My editing got faster. It’s overall been a win-win-win for me and I feel like more people need to use it. I highly recommend grabbing it for yourself, unless of course, you don’t care about Grammar, in which case Grammarly would be quite annoying and useless to ya.