Writer’s Tools: Grammarly

by Nicole Trilivas

I use Grammarly for proofreading online because I still occasionally misspell “grammer.”

Ah, grammar.

Ah, grammar.

First off, you should know that this is a *sponsored post* by Grammarly. Second off, you should know that I used Grammarly, and liked it, which is why I’m blogging about it.

Soooo I sort of suck at grammar. When I write, I tend to leave out words (especially articles); leave off letters (especially the “r” in “your” or the “s” at the end of plural words); or put in the wrong word altogether (such as “on” instead of “or”). Obviously, I know these things are incorrect, but I do them because I write quickly, and since I know how it sounds in my head, I have a hard time separating that from what’s on the screen. I’ve tried reading aloud, reading backwards, and using beta readers, but I have to say, nothing has helped me find so many errors  in my writing as Grammarly.

“Grammarly is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach. Correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors.” (As described in their website.)

I recently ran my entire manuscript, GIRLS WHO TRAVEL, through it, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked. It picked up my mislabeled words, as well as those sentences from which a word was missing. It also caught and explained a bunch of comma splices. (Look at me using my fancy grammar jargon!) Sure, there were a few times that I had to click “ignore,” but overall, I was impressed.  The cons:

1) It’s kinda expensive at $29.95 a month, $59.99 a quarter, or $139.95 a year.

2) I wish it let you upload more text at a time. I could only upload several chapters at a time, so if you’re editing a novel, it gets a little annoying.

That said, I’d definitely recommend it for fiction writers, and I’m sure I’ll be using again when it’s time to send out my next manuscript to my agent.