Grammarly is one of the best known writing tools on the market and comes in both free, and premium versions. Rather than being an app that you copy and paste your work into, or upload your document, Grammarly works via the use of plugins.
The free plugin they offer is for Google Chrome–and has impressive credentials–it’s free and has more than ten million downloads, with an average review of 4.5 out of 5. It’s also available for FireFox and Safari.
There’s also a plugin available for Microsoft Office products: Word and Outlook, to help you with essay, fiction and non-fiction writing as well as emails and if you wanted, even your shopping list and love letters!
Finally, they have a Windows app–drag your file into the app and it will do its magic.
But what will Grammarly do for your writing?
At its most basic, you’ll get spelling and grammar checking at a deeper level that your Word processor offers. By tapping into your web browser, you’ll also have the benefit of your emails receiving that extra layer of polish–no more embarrassing typos sent to your boss!
Like your word processor, it highlights words that it thinks you need to double check. You’ll receive context-sensitive suggestions for spelling and myriad grammar issues.
What are the benefits of doing this?
You’re either someone who corrects as you go or wait until you’ve written your first draft. Either way, your writing will be more accurate, less prone to errors or wrong word choice and be a lot punchier for it. Using a tool such as Grammarly on an ongoing basis will also help you instinctively improve your writing over time–you’ll automatically recognise issues with your writing, and that will increase your output and speed at which you can produce great work. Finally, if you pass your work onto a proofreader or editor, they’ll be able to turn your work around faster and most likely at less cost to yourself.
Give Grammarly a go and see what you think.