I write/type a LOT of content over the course of a year. If you think about it all of us do especially in the day and age of texting, social media, and such. I’m primarily referring to content creation—articles, blog posts, sales letters, email follow-ups, etc.
There are so many opportunities for mistakes to happen. We’ve come a long way from MS Word animated assistant “Clippy.”
Now just about any place we write has those built-in correction prompts helping us to improve our writing abilities. While they do a good job, sometimes we need more help than a squiggled underline.
A tool that I have used over the years is Grammarly, and it’s far more than a grammar checker. Of course, it has the spelling checker, but it has features such as punctuation, writing style, and tone of the message. It even has a built-in AI bot to recompose what you’ve written so that your work is more polished in the tone you choose.
Grammarly has a full application that you can download to your computer which allows you to write inside and utilize the built-in tools to craft your letter or document. It has an assistant window that shows your writing performance based on the categories you previously selected. It keeps track of clarity which simply means how easy your content is to read and understand. It also keeps an eye on engagement and delivery. These features help you stay on track to make sure the potential reader continues reading what you’ve written.
The app comes in handy, but I mostly use the web browser extension. You can find it by going to your browser window
and looking for the extension store. You’ll usually find that in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. In some browsers, you’ll have to click on the three stacked dots to find it.
By adding this browser extension, Grammarly will be available in just about any place you have a cursor or text box, even your social media sites. You will see a little green arrow in the shape of a G. It’s there watching and waiting for you to mess up!
Some of the featured integrations are email and messaging apps like Gmail, Outlook, Apple Mail, and Slack. Or Documents and Project Apps Like Google Docs, Word. Salesforce, and Notion. You’ll also find it on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Discord. Just to name a few.
Something I’ve discovered from using Grammarly is the fact that I start catching mistakes ahead of time. You start seeing patterns as you are typing so in the long run you become a better writer intuitively.
Grammarly has three different price points. Free which gives you all of the basics and suggestions to upgrade. Premium at
$12 per month which adds on Clarity, Vocabulary, and tone improvements. And Business pricing at $15 per member per month. Which adds features for teams, organizations, and enterprises.
I’ve always used the free version which meets my needs. If you feel frustrated with not writing well enough or constantly wondering if you didn’t phrase something completely then I would suggest giving Grammarly a try. With a free price point you can’t go wrong.