It’s a great tool to learn how to improve your writing
Let’s get this out of the way first. I’m not being paid by nor am I in anyway connected to Grammarly. I simply tried the free version and saw a huge improvement in my writing. Because of that I wanted to share.
Writing tools, they are everywhere. So is the advice on what to use. It can be confusing, there is so much information online.
As someone who started writing online recently. I resisted that advice for a long time.
Why would I want to write in a program where a computer tells you how good your writing is?
It’s a valid question.
There are people who will insist that it’s pointless and won’t help you in the long run. They believe that the computer will take over writing for you.
For the rest of us though, these free to use tools can be invaluable. Many of us who decide to write don’t have a formal education in it. Writing is hard enough without having to worry about structure and grammar all the time.
While we should edit our work without mercy. There is nothing worse than our internal editor showing up to ruin the writing process.
That’s where free writing tools come into their own. You can write in them without distraction. Knowing that when you are finished the software has run through your work. There is a list of tips there that you can action to start the editing process.
This approach works for me, for two reasons:
1. I love a long sentence. These programs train me to keep it short and structured.
2. I struggle with Grammar, if I don’t have help then my writing is hit and miss.
For structure I use another program called Hemmingway which I wrote about here:Trying HemmingwayA game changer for writers?medium.com
Once I’m done writing the story and reviewing it in Hemmingway. I move onto Grammarly.
Once that review is done, I move onto Medium and format it there. The last step is that I then read out loud, make any changes, and publish.
How Grammarly helps me in this process is:
– It gives me suggestions to clean up my spelling, grammar, and punctuation
-It gives direction to the clarity of my writing. The direction, the engagement, and the clarity of what’s on the page come from the suggestions provided by the software.
As a free resource (there is a premium option) it’s fantastic. I don’t know of any other resource, that helps me as much in my writing.
Over time, my writing has improved. My understanding of grammar and punctuation has also increased and it’s helped me find my voice.
As a result, I spend less time using these programs to edit, which leaves me more time for writing. The engagement in my writing has increased and as a result, I find myself motivated to write even more.
If you have read the advice about these tools and thought it was all just hype. I would say take another look and spend 5 minutes exploring them.
I think you would be pleasantly surprised at what they have to offer and the lessons we can learn from using them.