Grammarly: The Backseat Writer I’ve Been Looking For

If you are a writer, you’ve been there. You finish up a marvelous, long chapter and sit back with a sigh of relief. You never dreamed so much creativity could be hidden inside just aching for the opportunity to burst out. Unfortunately, that is the easy part of writing a story. It’s the editing that will almost suck the life entirely out of you. At least, that’s how it is for me. I would prefer to take a fork and shove it into both eyes than edit my writing. I can go over a passage a hundred times and still miss the slightest of errors. Time and time again, I will email my mom a chapter with the feeling that I had nailed it perfectly, and she will send it back with fifteen different corrections.

I love to write, but utterly despise the editing process.

Enter Grammarly. ( This is a grammar checking, punctuation fixing, synonym offering machine. I’ve been using it for a few months now and absolutely love it. You can download a free 7 day trial to check it out and see what all it has to offer. The software is integrated right into Microsoft Office, so it is readily available to check Word documents and emails with the click of a button. Grammarly offers six different styles you can chose from when you decide to check your writing. This program is suitable for students, fiction and non fiction writers alike, business, and all written projects in general. It will check grammar and spelling (Providing a detailed description of the problems it detects and instructions on how to fix them), suggest word enhancements, and also check for plagiarism.


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In a previous post, I mentioned how much I enjoy using Scrivener for my writing. ( Unfortunately at this time, Grammarly does not integrate with Scrivener, but I’m still hoping one day that will happen. What I’ve found is that I can use both programs together. I write in Scrivener, compile to a Word document, and then run the Grammarly check. I have dual monitors, so I keep my original on one screen, and the edited version on the other. I just scroll through the list of mistakes until each one has been corrected.


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There are three different pricing plans to choose from. The first one, which I have elected to go with, is $11.66 per month (Billed as one payment of $139.95). That covers one full year before I have to renew my subscription.

Another option is a straight monthly fee of $29.95.

And finally, there is an option to pay $19.98 per month (Billed as one payment of $59.95, a savings of $9.97/month) for a three month period.

I decided on the annual option because I know I will be writing for a long time, and the need for Grammarly will never go away. I would recommend downloading the 7 day free trial to see everything the software has to offer.

If you are searching for a self-editing program that is easy to use and extremely helpful, Grammarly is for you.

Next week: Critique Groups. Constructive or Destructive?

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Have a blessed day,


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