Richard Lane Church, Author

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Copywriting * Content Writing * Fiction

Grammarly is the tool I use every day. Aside from Microsoft Word and Google, it is my most used tool. I use the Premium (paid) version, which, the last time I looked, cost $144 annually. There is a free version which you can get at https://www.grammarly.com/ . I started with the free app and was offered a free trial period with the Premium one. It was worth keeping for me.

I admit that I am a sloppy typist. Grammarly catches my typos, misspellings, and sometimes even awkward phrases. It also catches extra words and extra spaces between them. I write with Grammarly nearly all of the time–for fiction, content, copywriting, emails, and social media. As someone known as a writer, I need what I write to be correct. It also points out grammatical errors. In the heat of writing, I sometimes forget a comma or add one when none is needed.

Awkward phrases, wordy sentences, and redundant words are underlined in blue. It will offer you a suggestion, which may or may not be suitable. Sometimes it is minor. Sometimes it may turn your sentence inside out. It is your job to decide. It loves the Oxford comma (the comma used before the word “and” in a series of three or more listed objects. I believe my editor scratched out 90% of the Oxford commas in my manuscripts.

Grammarly is easy to use. It underlines misspellings, wrongly used words (i.e., incorrect tense), and other mistakes in red. That makes it easy to see. When you run your cursor over the word, a drop-down box appears, offering suggestions and the option to dismiss them. Click on the option you choose. This saves you time from deleting and typing out the new word.

What is the best way to use the program? I say, “With a grain of salt.” It catches all the typos, etc., as it should. But be careful; it is a tool, not the master. It is your prose. Often the suggestions change the mood or even the meaning of the sentence you just wrote. Of course, you can click “Dismiss” in the drop-down. But wait! Unless it is a dialog that you purposely wrote a certain way to enhance your character, then maybe you need to restructure the sentence. The program does not see it as easily understood. Reread it. (I would do this aloud). Does it say what you want it to say? If so, dismiss the suggestion; if it doesn’t, take the suggestion as a red flag and rewrite the sentence your way.

Next: Scrivener, my favorite tool for writing longer pieces, both fiction and non-fiction

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