I am so glad I found Grammarly.
One of the frustrations I have with WordPress is that it refuses to incorporate a spell or grammar check in its dashboard.
Sure, I can draft in Word, which has its own built-in spelling and grammar check, and upload new pages to WP. But this is rarely a smooth process. There are format SNAFUs with paragraphs, photo imports, and callouts. Frankly, it’s easier to draft directly on WP and save often, just like you do with Word.
Word’s built-in spell and grammar tool isn’t very accurate. It can be as clunky as a high school essay. So I’m using Grammarly to check my own work.
Grammarly Works Wherever You Need It
I’m not about to stop using Office documents. But now I rely on this great grammar tool to review my work everywhere I type.
I downloaded the Grammarly app to my desktop and have been delighted to see, in real-time, where my writing might be a bit off.
(I know, how can this happen?)
Grammarly is a free tool that reviews your work as you create. As I write this piece, it’s already noted where I initially misspelled its name and offered the correct spelling as well as other options: ignore, add to its dictionary, or go into the Grammarly tool to see other examples where I used a particular convention.
It also auto-corrects obvious misspellings without making an issue.
Is it perfect? No. I got a caution in my third paragraph above to change “isn’t” into “aren’t.” That’s not correct since the object of that sentence is the singular word “tool.” It apparently saw “spell and grammar,” a plural phrase, as the object. But it’s also learning my style as I work and I don’t think I’ll see something like this over and over again.
I’ve been using the Grammarly app for a couple of weeks now as I’ve updated website pages and blogs here on my site and on LinkedIn. It’s shown spelling (oops) and grammatical errors (yikes!) on my pages.
One thing I really miss about working solo is the lack of other writers around me to look over my work before I publish. I thought I had solved this problem by waiting a day or two to publish, but I still spot errors afterward. Plus, I often want to publish right away.
I’ve been really happy to see Grammarly pop up as I work on social media sites and in my Gmail account as I compose. I don’t find it intrusive although I can see how others would. Somehow, it isn’t as annoying as Clippy, the much-hated Microsoft Office “assistant.”
Free Versus Premium Grammarly
I’ve been using the free Grammarly tool for now. A Premium feature includes these services:
- Additional checks on vocabulary, writing style, and sentence structure
- Customized reviews
- 24/7 report via email
- Full integration with MS Office
Costs are very reasonable, from $11/month for a yearly plan. There are higher rates for monthly and quarterly plans. All have a money-back guarantee.
Grammarly is a great freebie for professional writers. I’d recommend it to those who want to write but worry about their skills or who have tons of work and little time to review. It won’t take the place of another writer colleague, but so far I’d say it comes pretty darn close.