I used Grammarly to grammar check this post because I did not want to be a victim of grammar gone haywire disease, a disease that has ensnared me from the last few days.
From the past few weeks, I have noticed that I am doing too many things: writing my books, blogging, writing for newspapers, doing book reviews, and critiquing. With college reopening, I will restart teaching. I am making small mistakes or overlooking the errors that creep into my writing.
A few weeks back I realized that I had made an error in my feature for the newspaper after I emailed it. I immediately emailed the editor and pointed out my mistake. Fortunately for me, she had seen the mistake and corrected it. I realized then that it would not be a bad thing to have a tool where I can check my stories and articles for errors.
When I found out about Grammarly, I tried it for my picture book. There were quite a few errors in my story. Errors that two of my crit partners and I had overlooked. It pointed out my tendency to overuse the passive voice and write long sentences. It was like my English teacher in school gently pointing out the places in my assignments wherein I had slipped and fallen.
The reason I am concerned about grammar is because my creative writing sessions will start in a few days. Every time I think of the college students I shudder with dread as grammar is not their favourite and neither are they bothered about it. Commas and full stops are not in their writing arsenal.
I will be suggesting that they all try Grammarly atleast once. It can be used as a "second set of eyes" for the writing assignments. It is a great online proof reading tool which also highlights places where the writing can be improved.
Have any of you taken any grammar help for their manuscripts? Has anyone tried Grammarly? Don’t you think that writers should use such grammar improving tools? Please share your views. Any grammar goof-ups you want to share?