I love to write. I really do. I like to journal, blog, write old-fashioned letters, etc.
I was the college student who breathed a sigh of relief when the professor assigned a paper.
As a kid I was embarrassed that I liked to write. It wasn’t a “cool” thing to do. So I would write in my little journals, even write my own stories, and never talk about it.
Now, as an adult, I’ve embraced my “un-coolness” and run a blog where everything I write is out there for the public to read. Scary. It was a big jump for me and I was nervous to put myself out there.
But I’m absolutely loving it. It’s my favorite part of blogging. Design, technical, marketing, pictures- all of that takes a a second seat to actually writing the blog posts.
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Quickly edit everything you write:
With any kind of writing, one of the most important aspects is editing. Sometimes you have to throw up your ideas on paper/documents and then go back and organize them into something understandable.
I usually write early in the morning or late at night. Let me tell you something; the first draft of ANYTHING I write is not pretty. (Many times the fifth draft isn’t pretty either, but there comes a point where you have to just let it go.)
Editing can take a long time. Most of the time it takes longer to edit than to write the original draft of your blog post or ebook.
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back. ~ Harvey Mackay
That quote just about sums up why I like to manage my time wisely. We live in an age where we have so many resources at our fingertips, yet we hardly take advantage of them.
That’s why I love using Grammarly. I’m pretty sure some of the famous classic authors would have loved to spend more time actually writing than editing.
What is Grammarly?
- It’s an editing software that edits grammar, spelling, and writing style.
Edit large documents you’re writing
Download the app to your computer or use it online
Add it to your browser and edit your blog posts directly on your blog as you’re writing
Edit your social media posts as you write them
You can choose to ignore Grammarly’s suggested edits if you want (Sometimes, I like to misspell things on purpose. Ya’ll know what I mean?)
Does it cost $?
Yes, it does. Obviously, I would love if this was free, but for how much I use it, it’s 100% worth the price.
If you buy the annual plan, it’s $11.66 a month.
That’s money well spent for me. If you spend any amount of time on social media, or emailing people I would highly recommend it. You can get started here.
What does Grammarly do for you?
- Builds credibility.
I’m one of those grammar police. You know what I’m talking about.
If I see a lot of mistakes in an email or social media post, I don’t take that person seriously. If there’s one or two, I generally ignore it-let’s be real- we’re people and we make mistakes.
But, if there is mistake after mistake, I automatically assume that person needs to return to the sixth grade and learn basic grammar and spelling.
If you want people to listen to what you have to say, you have to exhibit a rudimentary knowledge for the language.
Fun side note: Grammarly sends you weekly updates telling you how many words you wrote that week.
I’m not sure why I love that feature, but it helps me see how much I’ve accomplished that week.
How Grammarly helps me quickly edit everything:
I’ve mentioned before that I usually write early morning or late at night. (Thank you toddlers!) While I tend to be creative at those times, my brain isn’t necessarily firing on all cylinders. I make a lot of grammar mistakes in the morning. Sometimes it’s horrifying to go back and read what I wrote at 5am.
Grammarly is my favorite because it helps me catch those glaring mistakes before my brain is completely awake.
Red lines, suggested vocabulary changes, etc. It helps me take a closer look at what I’m writing down.
Do you have a favorite way to quickly edit everything you write?
I would love to hear about it!