I’m working on this post with Grammarly added to Google Chrome. Grammarly is a grammar checker app that’s supposed to catch problems that an ordinary spell checker just can’t.
If you’ve read my review of Scrivener, you know I’m kind of obsessed with tools that make writing easier. With all the technology at our fingertips, it boggles my mind that apps and programs like Scrivener still aren’t the standard go-to tools for most writers who use computers.
I haven’t made up my mind yet about whether or not Grammarly is particularly useful. I’m only using the free version right now (the paid version is pretty pricey), but if I like the free version enough I may give the paid one a go for a short while and do a second review.
I’m very excited to give Grammarly a try. I can’t tell you how many times my version of Microsoft Word has told me that a sentence was incomplete when it wasn’t. Or how many times I’ve found typos that are still there, and not underlined in red or green by my spell checker, in something that’s a third or fourth draft. For instance, I’ve accidentally typed “he” instead of “the” and not noticed for an embarrassing number of readthroughs. Both are real English words even though they mean completely different things, so Microsoft Word has NO IDEA anything’s the matter. You’d think something like this wouldn’t be that hard to catch. Enter Grammarly circa 2009. (How am I just finding out about this now?)
So far, I’ve only used Grammarly to type this post, so I’m not sure what I think of it. I’m going to use it for at least a couple of weeks and try to write a lot during that time before writing a review. I’ll mainly be looking at how easy it is to use, whether or not it’s actually better at catching typos and grammatical errors than the spell checker that comes in MS Word, and whether after the experience of using the free version I like it enough to try the paid version.
One big thing I’d also like to see is whether or not Grammarly has any annoying suggestions that keep coming up but aren’t actually helpful. If I find any, I’ll take a screenshot and add it to my review.
I write a fair amount of poetry, blog posts, and fiction, so we’ll see if Grammarly is any more or less helpful for each type of writing.
So far, with this blog post, I’m pretty happy with Grammarly. But maybe that’s only because I don’t see a lot of red lines.
Is there a spelling or grammar checker you swear by? Have you used Grammarly before? Feel free to leave a comment below!