I’ve recently started using the Grammarly Chrome extension to better identify the errors in my writing.
It’s reduced the frequency of errors considerably. While most word processing software can identify errors well, Grammarly finds errors contextually, meaning it finds those sneaky mistakes in which the word is spelled correctly but is definitely the wrong word.
I tend to make me/my mistakes, for example. Grammarly sees these errors and helps me correct them before someone else needs to correct them.
On Sunday, Grammarly sent me an analysis of my week of writing.
It was astounding. Not only did it identify my most frequent errors, but it gave me big picture analysis, including:
I wrote 56,362 words last week, which made me more productive than 95% of Grammarly users.
I was more accurate than 71% of Grammarly users.
I used 5,617 unique words last week, which is better than 98% of Grammarly users.
All of this was lovely to hear.
Even more astonishing was Grammarly’s analysis of the overall tone of my writing. The list of words to describe the tone of my writing included confident, friendly, optimistic, joyful, and informative.
You may not agree, but I think Grammarly identified me via my writing incredibly well. Confident and optimistic are probably two of my most defining traits, though they are not always appreciated by all. And while I’m not always friendly and can be downright confrontational and argumentative at times, I tend to be friendly to most people.
I’m also quite joyful. I try to be informative.
The phrase “You are what you eat” also apparently applies to writing:
You are what you write.
The Grammarly extension is free. You can upgrade it on a monthly or yearly basis, but everything that I described can be yours with a couple of clicks of the mouse.
Let Grammarly define you, too.