Friday, July 19, 2013

GRAMMARLY REVIEW

What is Grammarly you ask? It is a website that hosts proofreading, grammar and spell checking software that allows you to better your written documents. It is meant to act like your proofreader or grammar coach. I was recently asked to take the Grammarly software for a test drive, to see how I liked it and here are my thoughts…

I have tried it and I can say that it is user friendly. All I had to do was cut and paste the first chapter of my manuscript onto the template provided and then choose the style of the document, which was creative and then click on the review button. You wait a few seconds and up pops a report saying how many errors have been found, what types of errors they are and what needs correcting. With the first chapter of my manuscript alone, the software mentioned that I had 47 errors, which made me want to faint.

Pros
  • It acts like an extra pair of eyes, which is what we writers need
  • It is user friendly
  • It is quick
  • You can even check for plagiarism
  • BBB accredited business
  • Truste Verisign Secured
  • McAfee Secure
  • You can sign-up for a free 7 day trial
  • It can be used to check various types of writing styles, whether it is for blogging, business or simply creative writing 
Cons
  • You have to pay a fee to use it regularly. You have an option of Monthly, Quarterly or even Annual payments
  • You get a report with all your errors on it, but you have to create an account and provide payment information in order to get the suggestions to fix those errors, even though you use the free trial option 

You can check Grammarly out for yourself, Here

9 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Murees. I was asked to try it, but I declined. It does sound like it's a helpful tool. I had been wondering how it worked.
    Happy weekend.

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  2. This is definitely an area I could use an extra set of eyes on :) Thanks Murees!

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  3. I've had an email about this. Interesting to hear your views. Not sure it's something I'd want to try though. I don't even use Scrivener :-)

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  4. Deanie - Thank you, you as well. I wanted to decline too, but tried it, just to see if it could help me with my editing.

    Jyoti - I hope it will be helpful to you. Good-luck.

    Katie - You are welcome.

    Annalisa - I don't use it either. Though, I must admit, I am tempted.

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  5. I've read lots of positive/negative things about Grammarly on other blogs, but I'm sure it has it's merits.
    Writer In Transit

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  6. Michelle - It does. I might consider using it on another time.

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  7. How does it handle dialogue? So many grammar checkers get all persnickety about sentence fragments and such in dialogue.

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  8. LD Masterson - I am not really sure. My first chapter contained dialogue and it wasn't a problem. All the report said was how many faults I had. But it didn't tell me what needed to be fixed. When I wanted that info, I had to submit payment info, even though I was assured I would not get billed for it. But I don't think it should be a problem, just as long as you choose the creative writing option.

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