Why you need Grammarly
If you plan on being a successful blogger then it is in your best interest to also become a good writer. When I say, a good writer, I’m not talking about your ideas, those are subjective; I’m talking about the way you present your prose.
Is it grammatically correct? Are there any spelling errors or misused words? If you’re paraphrasing someone else’s thoughts, are you sure you haven’t plagiarized that person?
These are all questions you should be concerned with if you want to be professional and not get into any hot water over, such as copyright infringements, or writing so poorly that it puts off any potential readers with an eye for these types of errors.
To help eliminate these concerns you might want to consider using the writing enhancement platform known as Grammarly- THE Best Plagiarism Checker & Proofreader
Here are some benefits of the free version:
- First and foremost after running a spell check it also makes recommendations to improve sentence structure.
- It has a contextual spelling check to make sure you haven’t missed common words such as their, there, they’re, etc.
- It helps to avoid plagiarism by comparing your text to billions of non-subscription based text published on the internet looking for any duplicate phrasing of the text you provided.
- Offers a free browser extension for nearly all browsers so you can use it wherever you are writing online. (I have the Firefox addon and it’s active on this post as well as my social media posts.)
- They have Grammarly Answers which is an online community for writers to ask and answer questions on English writing. This is a huge community that will help when needed.
- They have free use of their Handbook which is an online guide explaining English grammar and style. Nearly everything you forgot in English class can be found here.
- They have active Facebook, Google+ and Twitter accounts where followers are provided grammar tips and discussions. With nearly 7 million Facebook likes, 2 million G+ followers, and 134K Twitter followers, they have a huge social media reach.
- They have their own Grammarly Blog full of daily tips. If you’re a writer or want to be one then this is a blog you need to follow.
Grammarly also has a premium option which includes all of the above plus even more valuable options that will put your writing above even your most critical expectations:
- Grammarly integrates with Microsoft Office and Outlook email and even though these have their own spell checkers and light grammar suggestions, they don’t have more useful features such as contextual suggestions or vocabulary enhancements.
- The premium option checks your prose for over 250 types of grammatical errors where the free version checks for less than half of that.
- As mentioned above, the premium option provides vocabulary enhancement suggestions which will help you reach a higher level of written communication.
- It provides citation suggestions in the MLA and APA styles which are incredibly useful.
I just copied and pasted all of the above text into a new document on my Grammarly dashboard and even though I type this out in Microsoft Word, I was still able to find 4 errors. Two of them were sentence structure errors and the rest were contextual word usage errors.
I’ll be using my Grammarly account with all of my future posts. I’m using the free version but as soon as I complete the first draft of the novel I’m writing, I’m upgrading to the premium version.