How a single tool enables me to write well despite my dyslexia

Grammarly changed the way I create content and communicate online entirely.

My dyslexia

I have a severe case of dyslexia. Being dyslexic sometimes makes your life tough. Really tough.

Dyslexia is a weird condition for me to deal with because a big part of my job revolves around writing. It's more difficult when letters jump around your screen. I don't mind the challenge, though. 

Sometimes I feel that my mind is going faster at writing than my hands are. It also makes it more challenging to read. Hence I usually listen to books.

I skip over letters. I omit words. Sometimes I combine them together without making sense.

Usually, after I type a complex word, I know it's wrong. I often have all the letters right, but they are in the wrong order.

The problem with old-school spell-checkers like the one in Microsoft Word is they don't understand the meaning of your sentences. You will often end up with the words spelled out correctly, but the whole sentence won't make sense.

Enter Grammarly

Grammarly is a cloud-based spelling and grammar checking tool that uses machine learning to understand what you're writing.

They have a forever-free version, that is actually pretty darn good.

The premium version is un upgrade and will cost you $11.66 per month (if you pay annually).

Grammarly is the most popular spelling and grammar checking tool on the Internet right now.

What's all the hype about anyway?

To put it simply, Grammarly checks your writing for errors. The free version fixes typos, grammar, and punctuation. The premium version boasts an improved grammar engine, best writing practices, and plagiarism checks.

Grammarly has some really cool features:

  • It works with almost any website opened with Google Chrome via its extension. Yes, it works with emails, social media, and WordPress editor.
  • It checks for plagiarism. Super-important if you're outsourcing your content.
  • They offer a Microsoft Word plugin.
  • It works with Google Docs now.
  • It has a built-in thesaurus.
  • Right now, its proofreading engine consists of over 400 grammar checks.
  • It works on mobile via the Grammarly Keyboard

Why the quality of your writing is important

The difference between excellent writing and bad writing is enormous. Grammar is not just a set of rules for communicating; it is the very core of the language.

Grammar is a cornerstone to any language, but often it isn't taught well in school. To write well you have to be creative, clear, and concise. Use words that are both strong and direct. This all will help you stand out.

From helping to explain the difference between words or identifying grammatical errors you might be making, this tool will help you correct the grammar in all of your writing.

The free version

The free version of Grammarly will be good enough for most users.

It checks your spelling, punctuation, and basic grammar. Much better than your average spell-checker.

You can even choose which dialect you're using. There's American, British, Canadian and Australian English.

Grammarly will also guide the general outcome of your article.

It's already a pretty impressive set of options:

  • Audience: general, knowledgeable, expert
  • Formality: informal, neutral, formal
  • Domain: academic, business, general, technical, casual, creative
  • Tone: neutral, confident, joyful, optimistic, friendly, urgent, analytical, respectful
  • Intent: inform, describe, convince, tell a story

The premium version

Premium is just way better in every way. It has hundreds of clever grammar and style checks, more ways to interact with your devices like the Microsoft Word plugin, and plagiarism checks.

I think for most people, the free version will be enough.

You should only get the premium if you're one of these people:

  • You have dyslexia, like me, or just make a lot of mistakes and typos
  • You're a writer by trade and you want to deliver higher quality stuff to your editor
  • Your core business is creating content and making it better is crucial
  • You're not an English native speaker and need any help that there is
  • You hire content writers and want to check for plagiarism

Should you get Grammarly?

My dyslexia is a serious problem, and I've tried all grammar-checkers available on the market:

  • Ginger
  • WhiteSmoke
  • After the Deadline
  • ProWritingAid
  • Hemingway

So far nothing comes close to Grammarly premium.

It's like having a real-life editor looking over your shoulder as you write. Almost. I don't think I would be able to write the content for this site without Grammarly.

If you're on a budget, just sign up for the free account and check out their Chrome plugin. Pretty sure you won't be disappointed.

Examples of how good Grammarly really is

Future conditional

Verb tense

Missing comma after the introductory clause

Missing comma

Comma splice

Missing verb

Parallelism problem

Adverb placement

Colloquialism

Passive voice

Double subject

About the author

Living on the road for over ten years felt a bit unreal. Traveled to more than a hundred countries and met my wife along the way. In the end decided to settle down in a smaller city in Spain.

Please don't leave comments that are in any way hostile to me or my readers. They won't be approved. Constructive criticism is welcome, but I simply don't have the time to answer all of the trolls. This comment section is only welcome to friendly, positive-minded people who wish to add something meaningful to the conversation. If you don't like the language that I'm using or stories that I'm telling, you are free to choose one of the million other blogs where you can read the usual politically-correct fairy tales. You won't convert me. Hats off to those who get it!

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