I use Grammarly for online proofreading because otherwise my best proofreading would take place only after I hit ‘send.’
I don’t even remember how I came across Grammarly, but there’s a good chance it was either through Twitter or Facebook because I follow a lot of writers and editors. As an author, I really like using Grammarly as a precursor to editing. I ran the pages of Love Among Pigeons through their proofreading tool before I sent the manuscript off to an editor. Grammarly caught lots of the technical errors, lessening the burden on my editor. If you’ve ever tried proofreading someone else’s work, you know that the more errors you find, the harder it becomes to see the forest for the trees.
Like all electronic tools, Grammarly isn’t perfect, but it has an edge over Word’s grammar editor because it explains the errors and how to correct them. I also find it that generates fewer false alarms than Word, which frequently suggests that I disrupt subject/verb agreement. Once you know how to correct an error that’s common to your writing, you’re less likely to make it again. Grammarly also generates alerts for things that Word does not, such as wordiness, style inconsistencies, and commonly confused words.
If you haven’t tried Grammarly, give it a whirl. It’s also handy for things like super important emails, official letters, and anything else that needs to sound like you didn’t ever doze off in English class. Over time, it’ll even improve your writing.