I’ve been looking through my works lately and I seriously need some help with my grammar. A lot of stuff I use is repeated phrases, sentences, or using the past tense with present or future tense with past tense (if you get what I mean).
I know Grammarly is a pretty well known feature, but it does cost money (which I don’t have). Any other alternative suggestions, be it websites or apps, that exist and can help me out with improving in my grammar?
I think it’s only 500 actually. It’s been a while since I used the free one. I bought the word add on and it was great.
I only didn’t renew it because I’m not sure I’m going to publish. If I’m not going to publish then for me it’s not worth having but I did find it to be a great help in trying to clean up my work so definitely recomend it.
The best way to progress is to learn grammar yourself, to such a level that it’s second nature to you. I’ve got good grammar and spelling but haven’t always. I taught myself. I read as much as I could; high quality well written books by best selling authors, and the classics, and I learned the craft of writing.
Online grammar tools are better for those who already have a grasp of grammar but even then, nothing substitutes your own knowledge of pace, nuance and cadence. If you know that you’re repeating phrases or sentences, then find other ways to creatively write what you want to portray.
There’s a line in an ad for a popular grammar checker that says, “It’s like having your own personal proofreader."
Nothing could be further from the truth IMO. No machine can substitute for the human mind, its creativity and observation abilities to winkle out the subtleties and minutiae that makes up good writing.
Agree with the prowritingaid.com suggestion. This is great for all aspects of writing. You just choose the creative writing option and it shows you pronoun usage, repetitive words, words choices that could be improved, weak words used and all sorts of other things I can’t even remember.
Editsaurus. It points out commonly misused words (ex. to/too/two), adverbs (which can sometimes be replaced with stronger words), filler words (see adverbs), possible misuses of the passive voice, lexical illusions, and pronouns (so you can make sure there is a clear person the pronoun points back to). I always run my things through Word, then Grammerly, and finally Editsaurus before publishing.
On top of grammar and spell check, it tells your word count and let’s you know the reading level of your writing. If you write regularly, or for NaNoWriMo, you can also keep track of your writing progress. Other details include letting you know your keywords (words you use most in your writing), reading and speaking times.