Grammarly: Unleash the Writer In You

Ever since I was a little kid, I loved writing.

In fact being a writer is the only thing I had ever wanted to do.

I wasn’t an exceptional student. Not because I wasn’t capable of being one, but because most of the classes I took (or more accurately – was forced to take) didn’t hold any interest for me.

The only subject in school I felt any passion for was writing.

I never had the desire to create fictional stories, however, I loved being able to express myself through poetry and personal writing assignments.

Instead of completing my college education, I went to vocational school and earned my license in Cosmetology. After working in the beauty industry for almost two decades, I decided to change careers – so my husband and I signed up to attend personal training school.

After graduation, I thought about what role I wanted to play in the health and fitness industry. I took on clients and helped them lose weight and get into shape.

While helping people this way was a gratifying experience, I still had a yearning to do something else. I recalled my love for writing, and I guess it was because I’d made conscious contact with this part of myself again that I bumped into several ways that would allow me to make this happen immediately.

I started writing and publishing articles for a variety of different platforms including websites, blogs, online magazines and for one of the local newspapers in my area.

Eventually, this led to opportunities for me to write professionally. From there, I went on to write and publish my exercise safety book.

You may be wondering…

“So what does this have to do with me? Why should I care?”

Here’s why.

You may have a dream. A vision. And it might include writing.

But perhaps you’ve thought “Gosh, I’d love to write. I wish I could start a blog where I could express my thoughts, share my message with the world and let others know how _____ (product/service, etc.,) has changed my life.”

And that idea may create a lot of excitement in you.

Until this thought appears…

“But I’m not a writer. So never mind.”

I’ve been there. I know what self-doubt can do.

It can kill a dream before you plant the seed. It can stop it in its tracks before it blossoms.

But I’m here now, using my own fabulous blog to tell you that regardless of what you think you can or can’t do, you’re absofreakinlutely right.

So you may as well give yourself permission to do what you’d love to do – even if you don’t know how to make it happen.


“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Know this –

At any time, the right tool, teacher or insight could show up to guide you in the direction of turning your dreams into a reality.

The idea is to let go of the doubt and follow the path being laid out for you. It’s there for a reason.

You’ve stumbled across this post because the time has come for you to take charge of your vision and make it a reality.

Instant Grammar Checker - Correct all grammar errors and enhance your writing.

And if writing is something you’ve always wanted to do (but you don’t believe you have what it takes), then Grammarly can help.

The reason I find Grammarly to be such a useful tool is because it allows me to communicate effectively as a writer – even though I don’t have a Master’s degree in English.

Writing is wonderful. Editing… well – eh.

I can’t begin to express how frustrating it is to feel your words flowing out of you. Your fingers pound the keyboard – they can’t type quickly enough.

It’s almost a rush.

You’re so excited about the impact you’ll make on others who come to read your message. So with this in mind, the last thing you want to do is worry about whether or not your apostrophe is in the right place.

Grammarly has taken all of that away from me.

It isn’t that I don’t care to write clean, clear, and neatly formatted material.

It’s just that I’d prefer to focus on the message rather than those pesky little technical issues that could make me sound less intelligent, less talented and less worth listening to than I really am.

Editors are amazing – and we need them in the writing world. But for those of us who just don’t have a professional editor in our budget yet, using Grammarly has been a life saver.

Grammarly – A Writer’s Dream Tool

Grammarly is an application that acts as your very own personal editor.

So what exactly does it do?

Well, that depends.

There’s a free version and a premium one.

I’ll break down what each has to offer and point you in the right direction for some additional info if you want to give it a try.

Grammarly’s Free Version

You can grab a free Grammarly extension to use on Google Chrome and Safari.

With this application, you’ll have access to Grammarly wherever you’re writing online. You’ll be able to fix errors (that will be pointed out to you) in email accounts, social media platforms and anywhere else you create written content.

Whether you’re composing an email, a blog post or writing a comment on Facebook, Grammarly will be there to fix anything that isn’t right.

It’ll alert you when it discovers common writing mistakes like:

  • Improper grammar
  • Misspelled words
  • Punctuation errors

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I had first given the free version a shot, but I was pleasantly surprised to see what it can do.

While I’ve loved using it for my blog posts, it was interesting to see it in action when it came time to leave comments on other people’s blogs and on my social media platforms.

In fact, I see it just about everywhere. I’m amazed at what it catches…and I have to admit it’s pretty cool to know that even my seemingly unimportant little blurbs read better than they used to.

Grammarly gives you the reasoning behind each mistake it catches and offers an immediate solution. It’s also been kinda nice to refrain from using the back button as often as I used to since it has the one-click feature that corrects the mistakes immediately.

Now while the free version has been a huge help, I can appreciate the additional perks of using the premium version.

Grammarly’s Premium Version

With this version of Grammarly, you’ll still have access to the wonderful tools you had with the free version, but there are some valuable (and quite useful) extras to take note of.

This version checks for:

  • Over 250 different grammatical errors
  • Vocabulary enhancements and suggestions
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Suggested citations

In addition to all of that, it also works with Microsoft® Word™ document and Outlook® email.

Considering that many of us use Word to create documents, resumes, essays and other presentations for work or school assignments, this is an important feature.

I have several colleagues currently working in the corporate world and they’ve been required to produce lengthy and well-written material. These are individuals who’ve earned their Master’s degree in their chosen field – and they still experience challenges when it comes to some of the smallest, but most common grammatical errors.

I also have friends in college and they’re required to produce similar material. They may be able to complete their assignments with the knowledge and understanding of their course requirements, but could still be penalized for simple mistakes that are easily overlooked in a document with well over a few thousand words.

You don’t have to be a professional writer to be required to produce written content for any number of professions.

But when you come across a task that requests this of you, you’ll want to have the right tools to enable you to do your best work.

Now, if you’re new to blogging (or writing in general), the plagiarism checker will come in handy. You may be tempted to “politely” copy something else you’ve seen on the web because while it may be directly related to something you want to express, you aren’t sure how to phrase it in your own words.

That’s understandable – but since there are strict rules in regard to using someone else’s work and passing it off as your own (even with the best of intentions) – it’s frowned upon and you’ll be penalized.

That’s why the plagiarism detection feature of the premium version is beneficial.

Wrapping it Up

I’m going to be honest here and mention that I do NOT particularly care for the editing process of creating a piece of work.

But I LOVE writing!

While I’ve spent a good amount of time doing my own editing over the years, and I’ve certainly gotten the hang of it – this doesn’t mean I enjoy it.

Personally – I’d rather sit back, allow the words to take form, and stay focused on the message as it’s being created and expressed.

With Grammarly, I can do this because as the writing process goes on, it keeps track of the errors it finds and I can go back and easily correct them in a lot less time.

Now if I can appreciate what this tool has to offer me after having done this for several years, I know you’ll find it useful if you’re just starting out.

Don’t let your dream of becoming a writer (even if it’s to blog about a product or a business you want to promote) die because you don’t think you have what it takes to create a piece of content that others will resonate with.

If I had allowed my fears and self-doubt to dictate my actions, I wouldn’t be here – sharing this with you today.

“Don’t die with your music still in you.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Discover your voice.

Share what you have to offer.

Shout it to the world…

…and let Grammarly deal with those funky misplaced commas 😉

Have you allowed self-doubt to get in the way of your dream to become a writer?

* Affiliate disclosure:

I was offered a free month of the premium version of Grammarly in order to gain first-hand knowledge of how both versions of this product work. This enabled me to provide you with honest and accurate information for my review of their services.

I’ve made it easy for you to investigate what Grammarly is all about by providing a couple of banners in this post (like the one below).

These are affiliate links. If you decide to give Grammarly a whirl by clicking on any of them, I may receive compensation for it (and I’ll thank you profusely if you do) 🙂

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Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

45 thoughts on “Grammarly: Unleash the Writer In You

  • at 1:21 am

    Hi Dara,

    I am using Grammarly free tool for many months and it is an awesome tool. Although I don’t have the premium tool as of now, but tried the trial version and it is fabulous indeed. Grammarly can save you from a lot of grammar as well as spelling mistakes so that your post looks more professional. Thanks for sharing this informative post, Dara 🙂 Have a great day and week end!!

    • at 9:44 pm

      Hi Gurunath,

      Welcome to my blog 🙂

      Yep, I’ve enjoyed using both the free and premium versions. It does help point out some of the mistakes that can easily get by you.
      I’m glad you’ve been benefitting from it as well.

      It’s a clever tool and it’s great that it’s been made available. Saves a lot of time, especially the one-click feature.

      Glad you found your way over here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as well 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

  • at 4:33 pm

    It’s a very nice and helpful tool for writers/Bloggers. I am using this tool from the last few months and this even has improved my grammar. And this is nice review by you. Thanks for Sharing..

    • at 6:58 pm

      Hi Sumesh,

      Welcome to my blog 🙂

      Yep – I’ve been using it for a few months now and I enjoy it as well. I had gotten used to doing my own editing, etc – but this sure saves time (and catches things I wouldn;t have thought about).

      Glad you enjoyed the review and that you’re finding this valuable for yourself as a writer.

  • at 3:04 pm

    Hi Dana, I’ve been using Grammarly Premium for a while now. Like you, I wasn’t all that in school but, unlike you, I hated writing. Reading too, for that matter. Wow, how times change. I’m not sure what drew me into blogging but it’s a strong bond because I haven’t been able to stop for 14 years. Believe me, I’ve tried. 🙂 Now I’m a reading addict and love writing.

    Grammarly just told me I misspelled “believe”. It’s a very helpful app and worth the upgrade. I also love the reports on progress I get. That motivates me to write even more and improve.

    Speaking of improving, I’ve learned of mistakes I’ve been guilty of for years and never realized they were wrong. In fact, Grammarly, in part, inspired me to sign-up for a couple of Utemy courses: “Sentence Diagramming – From Beginner to Expert in 12 Lessons” and “Punctuation Mastery”. I can’t vouch for either since I’m just getting started but I’m pretty excited about it. 🙂

    Apparently, my biggest writing crime is using a preposition at the end of a sentence. I have no idea what that even means. And possessive instead of a personal pronoun? What on Earth? That’s what a mess I am. LOL

    I will learn. Count on that.

    I love your blog. 🙂

    • at 5:43 pm

      Hi Brian,

      Welcome to my blog 🙂

      I really appreciate that. I hope people will experience value from visiting.

      I agree – Grammarly has caught mistakes I didn’t know I was making either. I write the way I speak – so when I use the word “really”, in conversation – I’m intensifying a particular aspect of something. Grammarly, however, considers it redundant…lol. It’s encouraged me to stop using it as often and truthfully – it doesn’t always need to be included.

      I know not everyone enjoys writing (or reading for that matter) when they’re sort of “forced to” as a kid. But when it becomes something we consciously know will benefit us, it creates a level of enthusiasm.

      I’ve always loved both but never mastered the English language. The app has helped tremendously in this regard.

      I’m glad you decided to visit and I appreciate your comment, Brian.
      Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  • at 4:00 pm

    Good to see you write about grammarly. It’s a wonderful writing tool. I have used it in the past and truly loved how I was able to write good grammar.

    When I got more into developing applications and less of writing, I didn’t care about renewing it. But it’s something I must revive once I get back to real writing.

    Unlike you, I hated writing until August 2012 when I started blogging. It’s now an enjoyable activity to me.

    Thanks for the review.

    Do have a wonderful weekend

    • at 5:49 pm

      Hi Enstine,

      Welcome 🙂

      I know when people first start a blog, writing can seem unpleasant. The fact that you weren’t into it until you realized it would serve a higher purpose for you is normal. Most feel the same way.

      So yes, I – on the other hand have always enjoyed it. For me, it’s a form of personal creative expression. Although I had taught myself to edit my own work (and had become proficient under the circumstances), Grammarly has added a whole new level of “cleanliness” to my writing.

      I’m sure you’ll appreciate it when you get back into “real” writing (even though what you do is so helpful to many). There’s just something satisfactory about creating a good piece and expressing your message well.

      I appreciate the visit and comment Enstine. Thanks for stopping by.

  • at 10:04 pm

    Hi Dana,

    I discovered your Grammarly review post after posting mine, via Twitter. I really liked the way you’ve expressed the viewpoints on Grammarly and felt that your writing flow was quite natural. Indeed, Grammarly tool is making our lives simpler and I have been using it ever since I found it.

    Thanks to Grammarly, I am also glad to have found your blog through them. And yes, writing is my passion and it does give one the freedom of expressing in a way that is found hard to do while talking. I think your “Truth…is often confused for an opinion based on a lifetime of conditioning.” succinctly explains the state of a majority of world’s accepted truths.

    Your four questions about life left me rekindling my thought processes too.

    • at 1:28 pm

      Hi Arun,

      Welcome to my blog 🙂

      I really do appreciate your comment. That quote you mentioned appeared in my mind one day following a series of events that led me to question everything I thought I knew about (my) life, and life in general. I realized my “truth” turned out to be set of ideas based on the conditioning I grew up with. These can be changed at any given time.

      I love using Grammarly. I’m amazed at what it picks up.
      The free version is wonderful, but the premium version is all that and a bag of (organic) chips.

      I’ll check out your review as well. I love to see what other writers are up to. Blogging is so cool. Meeting new people this way has been such a valuable experience.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your week.

      • at 10:50 am

        Thanks, Dana! I really liked that quote of yours that I added it to my personal quotes collection on my blog. Do check it out at (slash) quotes.

        Wishing you a great week ahead!

  • at 11:11 pm

    Hi Dana. Writing didn’t appeal to me that much when I was in school though I remember trying my hand at some fantasy adventure writing in middle school. I was into engineering and software development where writing was an obligation in the form of documenting code and writing manuals – very dry. Now that I’m a blogger I really enjoy the process, including editing. I have come across many people who have wanted to start a blog but they are afraid of making mistakes. I can see that Grammarly is an excellent tool to give people some added confidence to get their voice out on the internet. Thanks for your review.

    • at 9:54 am

      Hi Ben,

      Welcome to my blog 🙂

      I think your example is a true testament to what I had mentioned later on in the post about how even those who aren’t writers are still required to produce content for a variety of reasons.

      Blogging is a way to use the imagination and express your gifts – regardless of what they are. I think it’s so cool that you went into a specific career path and still found a way to use writing as a means of creative expression.

      For this, and all other reasons, Grammarly is a great little tool for anyone looking to write – regardless of what role it plays in their life.

      I’m glad you enjoy the editing process.
      Personally, I don’t HATE it, but I do find it tedious (especially in longer essays and posts).

      I appreciate the visit and the comment Ben. Thanks for stopping by.

  • at 2:37 pm

    I have always loved writing. I struggled growing up. However, writing was a way for me to truly express myself. I was able to really say what I wanted to when I wrote. It always seemed that the I found so many words once I started to type. Totally the opposite when I spoke. I have never heard of grammarly. Will have to take a look. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • at 6:48 pm

      I’m with you…

      I struggled while growing up. I often felt isolated and misunderstood.
      Writing was a way for me to communicate my thoughts – and I realized I enjoyed it. It was the ONLY type of school assignment that I willfully participated in without feeling forced to do so.

      I happen to like using Grammarly. I had gotten used to editing my work without it, but it does make it easier and less time consuming.
      If you decide to try it out, I think you’ll like it too.

      I appreciate the feedback. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • at 11:03 am

    Hi Dana,

    I’ve never heard of Grammarly, sound interesting. Appreciate your
    very thorough review and how you kept it worth reading while explaining!

    I love writing, but have a hangup with the editing…now that is just plain work!

    Will check this out later as I seldom use Chrome…it often has a problem with
    videos, so I stick to Fire Fox. Maybe I will try Safari (I thought it was only for Apple machines?), will see!

    One thing! We are both using is Comment Luv which I do Luv because it makes connecting so easy!


    • at 6:43 pm

      Hi Cararta,

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading the review. I wanted to make this an inspirational piece.

      So many of us die with our music still in us because we’re afraid we aren’t good enough to do whatever it is our heart wants us to do. I just wanted to point out there’s a tool available for those who wish to write, but don’t believe they have the skills to do so.

      Yes, I love using Commentluv as well. I’ve been using it since I had first started blogging and have no plans to change this any time soon.

      I think you’ll enjoy using Grammarly if you decide to try it out.

      I appreciate your visit and your comment, and I thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • at 4:39 pm

    Hey Dana,

    I was the total opposite when I was in grade school. I use to hate English and writing, but I really liked Math. This is probably was the indicator of me getting into the IT Field.

    I didn’t really start liking writing until I was a couple of years into blogging. Go figure, huh!

    But with with blogging it’s a lot more freedom compared to Grade school. I can share what I want in my own way. But this doesn’t mean that my writing is perfect.

    I came across a blog post about Grammarly this past summer, but I still haven’t dove into it. I see a lot of people using it, and I see that the free version is really all I need to convey what I want my audience to read. Yes, I admit, my grammar isn’t that great, but with a tool like this, I can always give the impression of how intelligent I am through my writing.

    I really like the Wayne Dyer video. I was just thinking about how people die with the music within them. I see this at my job. They just come to work, work 8 hours a day, leave, and start over again the following day. I couldn’t do that, so I started a home business, took salsa lessons, as well as piano and conga lesson. There’s still other things I like to do, but so far I feel I’m living a fulfilling life!

    Thanks for the share Dana! Have a great upcoming weekend!

    • at 5:01 pm

      Hey Sherman,

      Ahhh, Math. One of those topics we just can’t get around in life, so it’s cool that some of you really like it (lol).

      I personally think you express yourself well in your writing…but yes, we can all benefit from some help with our grammar.
      Even professional authors and writers use editors. I’d LOVE to hire one for all of my work – and this is a goal of mine. But until then, Grammarly has been helpful.

      I think the free app works great. It’s amazing what it catches.

      That Wayne Dyer video – yeah, I like it too.
      I don’t doubt you see others at your job living a Groundhog’s day sort of life. I see that often as well. Even if the job situation can’t change for the time being, if nothing else, at least see about getting in touch with something that makes you come alive. Things sort of take on momentum when that happens.

      Thanks for stopping by Sherman. If you go salsa dancing this weekend, have fun 🙂

  • at 4:28 pm

    Hi Dana,

    Thanks for sharing the review of the both versions. Can’t wait to check it out! 🙂

    • at 5:02 pm

      Hey Ana,

      I appreciate that. I hope you check it out. It’s an awesome tool 🙂

  • at 2:29 pm

    For someone who hated to write, and never thought she would have it incorporated into a income streem. I am finding my voice and things are just exploding around me.

    Thank you for sharing grammerly. I have used it, but it gave me more of a headache that I had to uninstall it.

    If writing is your passion then let it be heard. Ask me how when you are ready.

    • at 3:44 pm

      Hi Sandy,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

      I’m glad you’ve found your writing voice – and that it’s bringing joy into your life.

      I know I’m thankful I’ve found mine, and I’m hoping those who come across this post find theirs as well if it’s something they’ve been wanting to do.

      Enjoy the rest of your week Sandy.

  • at 9:24 pm

    Hey Dana,

    I really enjoyed this post. I agree with you about everything you wrote. The fear of writing. The years I wrote without an audience, oh I was so brave to step outside of my comfort zone. Having a feeling inside me that constantly nagged at presenting my work to the world. The painful hours of editing. Not my favorite past time at all. And having no means for an editor (yet). I loved your yet’s throughout the post as well.

    Very motivating. I’ve seen Grammerly around. I have Hemmingway and love what that does. But I never thought about using it for comments. I always focused on my posts. What a wonderful idea. And the one thing I need is an editor looking over my shoulder when I am leaving comments because I get so excited by responding I miss my errors, comma and technical rules.

    And while I want to come across as a cool operator I cringe at a typo. I feel pained mentally as though someone has kicked me physically. I swallow a whole heap of air and think about how I can go about fixing it fast. When I find an error I feel like I have the status of Beyonce’ and have to hurry before anyone sees the error of my ways.

    Hemmingway does not have the plagiarism ability or not to my knowledge and I would surely die of a heartache if I unknowingly did that. But I do wonder if we can ever unknowingly rattle off someone else’s work word for word.

    Wonderful post and am seriously considering this as my new tool. Thank you.


    • at 11:53 am

      Hi Rachel,

      I know what you mean about leaving comments. I’ve gotten so caught up in what I was writing that like you, I’ve gone ahead and posted them without going back and seeing if there were any mistakes.

      The fear of writing gets to a lot of us. It’s bad enough to have those self-defeating thoughts – but to add the technical aspects to it – it can stop someone in their tracks before they’ve even gotten started.

      That’s why I love that Wayne Dyer video so much.

      Never heard of the Hemmingway app (program). I’ll check it out just out of curiosity, but I’ve been happy with Grammarly. The one-click feature is so awesome. Points things out and saves time when correcting the mistake.

      I’m so glad you liked the post Rachel. I didn’t want this to be a simple review. There’s a message here, and it seems like you’ve gotten this.

      Enjoy the rest of the week 🙂

  • at 8:41 pm

    HI Dana,

    I should probably use an application like this. I get moving in fast pace and often find typo’s after I hit publish. I’ll have to check it out to see if it is one that would work well for me. Thanks for sharing a helpful resource for those of us who work on the computer so much.

    Have a great rest of the week. Keep smiling.


    • at 8:58 pm

      Hi Irish,

      I know what you mean about finding typos after you’ve already published an article.
      They get past you – especially when it’s a long post.

      This application has made it easier for me. I still recommend proofreading, but this makes it less time consuming and points out mistakes that may otherwise be easily overlooked.

      I’m smiling! It’s been a cool week so far. I hope the same goes for you, my Friend 🙂

  • at 8:27 pm

    This sounds great! I love writing, and this sounds like it would make me more confident. I wouldn’t worry about missing a grammatical error, and could focus on the content. Great review of both versions!

    • at 8:54 pm

      Hey Shann,

      Thank-you. I appreciate that 🙂

      I know how busy life is for you (and I also know how important blogging is for you as well).
      I think you’ll love using Grammarly just for the time-saving benefits.

      If you decide to try it out, let me know how you like using it.

  • at 2:45 pm

    I have never used grammerly but am going to try it and shared it with my daughter! The video…powerful and I am creating a printable of that quote to put on my desk!
    Don’t die with your music still in you.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

    • at 8:51 pm

      Hi Cynthia,

      I think you’ll both appreciate using it. Let me know if you decide to give it a whirl.

      Isn’t that video awesome? It’s from his film “The Shift”. I’ve used the video in other posts – but it just seemed so appropriate here.

      I’ve always loved Wayne Dyer’s work. I actually wrote a tribute post to him.

      If you get a chance, check out some of his PBS specials. You can find them on youtube.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • at 1:57 pm

    I tried the free version of Grammarly. Then I won a year’s license for the premium version and I love the plagiarism checker. I miss that feature. 😉

    Thanks for this great review Dana! Hope you’re having a great week!


    • at 8:47 pm

      Hey Cori,

      Yep, I love both versions, but that plagiarism checker is helpful.

      I’d have to say my favorite feature is the one-click. It’s SO nice not to have to use the back button as often – and I love that it highlights the mistakes.

      I’m sure you enjoyed using a free year of it. I loved the upgrade too.

      Have a great rest of the week Cori. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • at 4:17 am

    How are you?
    Did you have issues in school
    About your writing?
    I used to have a lot of issues
    As I loved to write
    And my teachers used to scream at me
    For writing too much.
    Thanks for sharing Grammarly.
    I find it hard to
    Discover my “VOICE”
    In this world.
    I wonder if I ever will.
    Thanks for sharing this cool post.
    Enjoy your week.
    Best wishes and regards.

    • at 4:26 pm

      Hey Vee N Ric,

      No, I didn’t have issues writing in school. In fact, it was the ONLY thing I enjoyed doing (as long as it was on my terms).

      But I enjoy doing anything on my terms – and this is how we ought to live in general. As long as we aren’t harming anyone or infringing on another’s free will, we are here to create and express.

      I’m sorry your teachers gave you a hard time when it came to your writing. Teachers are best when they encourage inspiration – but that isn’t always the way the system works.

      You’ll find your writing voice if you really want to. We all have one – it’s just that we compare ourselves to professionals (who have editors BTW). Find what you love to do, say what’s in your heart and practice, practice, practice.

      As far as helping with the grammar technicalities, I like Grammarly – and you will too if you give it a try.
      You can always get the free version. The banners in the post will take you to the site to learn more about how it works.

      But in the meantime – be true to yourself.
      And if you have a message to share, share it. Even if it changes one person’s life for the better, you’ve created a butterfly effect.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • at 4:28 pm

      Hey Mansi,

      Welcome to my blog 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the review. I made it a point to include an important message here – and I’m glad you got something out of it.

      I enjoy using Grammarly too. Everyone I know who uses it does as well.

      I appreciate the visit. Have a great week.

  • at 2:42 pm

    Hi Dana,

    I came across Grammarly about a week ago and fell in love with it instantly. I have a tendency to sometimes forget my definite or indefinite articles. Words like “the” or “a” for example.

    It picks it up every single time and has really reduced my proofreading time.

    One thing it does though that drives me crazy is that it likes commas where there doesn’t always need to be a comma.

    I used to love my commas until in college I had a professor who drilled into my head to stop using so many of them and that they are sometimes unnecessary.

    Other than that, I LOVE this tool. It really does save a lot of time in review and proofreading.

    Have an awesome week Dana!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • at 8:46 pm

      Hi Don,

      Yep – like you, the time I’ve spent having to proofread my work has decreased quite a bit. We get so wrapped up in the message we’re dispensing that it’s easy to make mistakes.

      I’ve also noticed that Grammarly likes commas. I don’t always make the recommended corrections, but I appreciate the option to do so. My favorite option though is the one-click feature. That’s been the biggest time saver of all.

      Some of the posts we write are quite lengthy. You go over them several times and still find mistakes – and they can be so well hidden. I appreciate what this tool has to offer and it’s sure made my life easier.

      I wanted to let others know they don’t have to let their fears of not being good enough to stop them from writing if they wanted to pursue this. Focus on the art of self-expression and let Grammarly deal with the rest.

      Thanks for stopping by Don. Have a great week 🙂

  • at 1:22 am

    Hey Dana,

    Great review!

    I absolutely LOVE Grammarly! I don’t know if you knew this, but English is not my first language. I live in Québec, Canada, and I am French. My husband is English and our three children when to English school so I am bilingual. I decided to write my blog posts in English because I love this language. Actually at home, we only watch TV in English.

    My weak spot is commas. So when I learned about Grammarly, I was really glad to get help. At first, I got the free plan and after a few weeks, I decided to upgrade to the premium plan. I never regretted it for one second. This writing tool is simply amazing! I use it everywhere! When I write blog posts, commenting (like now, LOL), on social media, etc. I couldn’t live without it now!

    Thanks for sharing this! Already passed it along. Have a great Monday! 🙂


    • at 8:36 pm

      Hey Nataly,

      Based on your writing, I wouldn’t have thought English was your second language.

      Your posts are written so well (and so are your comments). If Grammarly has helped with this, then you’re an excellent example of the benefits it has to offer.

      Commas are a weak spot for a lot of us. We may pause at times when we speak, but writing is different. The same rules don’t always apply.
      This is one of the reasons I’ve found this tool to be so helpful.

      Have a great week Nataly 🙂

  • at 3:33 pm

    Hey Dana!

    Great to see you writing about one of my favorite tools, Grammarly! I’m not an English Professor and it’s been quite some time since I’ve been in grammar school. I started using Grammarly over a year ago. I purchased the premium plan and haven’t turned back since. I use it at my full-time job, blogging, ebook writing, and so much more! Those who think they aren’t good enough to be a writer because they aren’t a “professor”, should seriously consider getting Grammarly and following their dream.

    Love this article, Dana. I hope you’ll continue with the premium plan, but if not, Free is great too!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!


    • at 8:29 pm

      Hey Bren,

      Yeah, I love using Grammarly.

      When I write, the words fly out so quickly. I just want to keep going – but I’m always so tempted to stop and go back and fix the errors. The one-click feature makes it so much easier. I also love that I don’t have to hunt for those mistakes either because they’re highlighted with the correction(s) already in place once I hover over them.

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post. I wanted people to know there were options that can help them get past some of the fears of getting started. Writing is such a pleasure – and this tool makes it an easier process.


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