Using Grammarly can make a huge change in the quality of your writing. Keeping your gramma in check is important in order to get your message out there as clearly as possible, but as we all know, we make mistakes.
During my writing years, I’ve found how much Grammarly has actually improved my writing and even my editing. There are many pros to using Grammarly, but there are also cons. These are the things we’re going to talk about today.
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So, you’ve probably heard of Grammarly. They have ads everywhere, which is the place I first found it a few years ago.
Grammarly is basically a browser add-on which will correct your typing mistakes and offer you aid when writing.
It’s pretty simple, to be honest. You add Grammarly to your browser and it will scan your text when you’re writing on docs, Twitter, or even Youtube.
This is helpful because you probably don’t want to have mistakes in your comments, especially if you’re an author and that’s why I have Grammarly on all the time. I don’t necessarily need it at all times, but it helps to know that if I did a mistake, I’d see it before it’s too late.
So let’s get more in-depth with the features.
That’s how the Grammarly UI looks like when you’re working on Grammarly’s own site. As you can see, Grammarly is showing my typos and suggesting changes to my writing structure, for example, the software is suggesting me to delete the word actually.
The other great and very useful thing with Grammarly is the Synonym window you can open by simply clicking on a word. If you notice your writing has the same words over and over again, this will help you a ton. Synonyms make your writing more interesting and it’s important to avoid making your text too repetitive.
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Those are the features that come with the free version. But what about the premium?
Well, the premium offers more advanced features, such as fluency, word choice, and formality level.
These things are good if you want to dive deeper into making your text shine, but with all these great features comes some downsides.
The Downsides And My Experience
So, when I was writing The Battle of the Broken Mind, I used Grammarly in the editing phase, which isn’t surprising.
My first problem with the service is the price.
At the moment, one month of Grammarly for individuals cost 26.41 euros.
I don’t know about you, but to me, paying that much for a computer which checks your typos is a bit much.
Nonetheless, this price isn’t that big of a deal if you do as I did.
When I finished my first draft, I bought one month of Grammarly and edited the entire book during that one month.
This way, I got those typos and other problems fixed while keeping the costs bearable. So in the end, the cost, shouldn’t be a dealbreaker.
But then we come to the next problem.
The system itself isn’t completely reliable.
I’ve noticed countless times that taking the suggestions the machine deems as typos or problems can many times make your text worse.
For example, when I was editing my book, I kept accepting the things Grammarly suggested. This led to my text becoming chaotic because Grammarly didn’t understand everything I meant with those words.
Sometimes, the things Grammarly deems as mistakes are actually things you want to keep that way for artistic reasons.
But I can’t fully blame Grammarly for that. When I edited, I was exhausted and at the brink of burning out. Simply clicking the “fix” button isn’t enough. Even with Grammarly, you must still read through your work and think if the solution the service offers is actually improving or making your text worse.
So, is Grammarly worth the while?
With all the problems it has, I think you should definitely use Grammarly.
You can get far with just the free version, for that fixes the mistakes we writers do more frequently.
Typos are almost invisible sometimes and they can happen all the time, not because of the lack of skill or talent, but simply because we might accidentally hit a wrong key.
Use Grammarly to check your emails, your tweets, and your blog posts. It will really make a difference.
And if you want to try out the premium, I suggest you purchase it when you’re editing something longer, like your novel.
The premium is great for checking your novels for mistakes because it can check through the structure of your sentences.
Just keep in mind that even with technology on your side, no amount of computing can match the power of reading through your work and correcting mistakes yourself.
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