Freelance writing can do weird things to your writing sensibilities. One day you’re closely reading Anna Karenina and taking in every tiny detail. The next day you’re posting a blog post with three embarrassing, obvious typos.
Fortunately, there’s a line of defense you can implement that will do a mega-Spellcheck on your work before sending it in to paying clients. Enter: Grammarly.
I did a trial a few weeks ago and was really impressed by the in-depth analysis of the proofreading checker and grammar checker. Since I’m still on a shoestring budget, I decided not to pay for the program this year, but I made a note to check it out again when I’ve got spending money. A few weeks later I was contacted by Grammarly to accept a free trial in exchange for talking about how I use it!
Grammarly is my Backup Editor
I write and edit a lot of content on a weekly basis. Since no one is perfect, that means there’s a lot of potential for letting simple errors slip through to clients.
I don’t like the sound of that!
To prevent those forehead-smacking errors (that I totally know, but somehow let slip… you know the ones!), I use Grammarly as my last line of defense. When I think a piece is perfect, I run it through the program and usually find two or three errors that I’m glad I caught.
This makes me better at my job, and makes the jobs of my clients and editors much easier.
I haven’t yet tried out the word-choice feature or the proofreader feature, but I plan to in the future for larger features I am writing. I love that you can scale your needs depending on the project, and change the editing mode based on the piece you’re writing (blog post, feature, business casual, etc).