So this is something I’ve heard about for years. I’m confident in my writing ability, so I never looked into it nor considered it as even an option. However, starting college has shaken my confidence in ways I didn’t expect! I’ve never received less than an A for a paper. Not since high school.
So when I took a professional writing course last semester, the second one I’ve taken, I was stunned when I got back one graded with gasp an 88. Turns out, the way I’d used my commas all those years was wrong, wrong, wrong. To be fair, last time I had a legit English course was in '99.
I pulled through the course with an A (barely) but it was tough going. I learned a lot.
So my hubris deflated, I’m more open to possibilities. I’m also a writing consultant in my Writing Center at school, and someone mentioned Grammarly. If my fellow tutors use it, why not me?
So I downloaded it yesterday, and I have to say… I like it. I practice my writing every day, particularly here. When you run a community for writers, trust me, they notice when you mess up!
I also added the word plugin, and it’s helping me catch things. See, I don’t need general grammar or spelling help. Aside from the odd typo, generally my English is error-free. It’s the technical stuff, the commas with conjunctions, stuff like that. It seems to work nicely with the software here, and on Facebook.
So who here has used it? Thoughts? Thoughts on Pro? I’m thinking of going pro when my student loan disbursement comes in. I am a professional writing minor, so I need every edge I can get to maintain my GPA. I don’t like B’s.