The key to writing is to write every day. When you are new to writing, you will encounter unexpected obstacles—you may not know what to write, how to start, what genre to choose, grammar might not be your strength. All of these obstacles add up to the point where you don’t want to write at all. It seems too overwhelming!
Fortunately, there is a site you can use to check your grammar. It is called Grammarly. I absolutely love this site so far. It has already detected two missing Oxford commas which were never my forte. I either put in too many or not enough. It is nice to know that aspiring writers, like you and I, can check one obstacle off our list!
To begin using Grammarly, take a look at the below step-by-step guide:
Step by step guide:
1. Go to www.grammarly.com. You will see the following page:
2. Click on the green “Add to Chrome. It’s free” button. You will be taken to a screen that asks you about your writing projects and skills. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the underscored line and make your selection. It is really basic so you won’t be giving away any valuable information; however, if these questions are too intrusive, you have the option to skip this screen. You can find it under the green continue button.
3. Once you click continue or skip, you will be asked for an email address to create your account. You also have the option of logging in with Facebook or Google. If you choose the email option which I did, you will be prompted to add a password as well as your name. The interface is very user-friendly!
4. At this point, you’re in! Welcome to Grammarly! You now have your free account as shown below. You can upgrade to Grammarly Premium if you choose. I kept it simple and continued with the free version.
5. Click on the green “Continue to Grammarly” button. You will then come to a screen that walks you through its features. You can take the tour or click on “skip”. I did not provide screenshots of this section as it is really self-explanatory. You will see!
6. After you have skipped or completed the virtual tour, you are ready to check your first document. You will see the following screen. Either upload a document or click on the word “New”.
I typed out a basic paragraph with known issues below. You can also copy and paste your text. As you can see below, the free version caught grammatical and spelling errors.
Grammarly’s Function in WordPress
Do you remember the second step where we installed Grammarly into Chrome? You will notice that if you are logged into Grammarly and working on your blog in Chrome, it will suggest corrections while you are typing. This eliminates the need to copy and paste or upload text into Grammarly which saves valuable time.
Good luck with your writing endeavors! Don’t let grammar stop you from writing. We have enough obstacles as it is!
Now, make it happen! 🙂