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Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty here, and I have a confession to make. I’m a horrible speller.
You might already know if you’ve been around Wilde Escape for some time. And those of you who point out mistakes are still always welcome.
But there is something we horrible spellers need, and that’s a fast grammar checker.
You might have guessed it already, but we will discuss using Grammarly today.
This is an excellent tool that will be used daily and something that I highly suggest you look into!
Why Use Grammarly?
There are a lot of people out there that say they don’t spell well, have lousy grammar when writing, and don’t have a clue about what tense to use.
Why do I know this? Well, because I am one of them.
Many of us worked hard trying to learn about English verbs, tenses, spelling, how to complete sentences, comma usage, and the proper semicolon use. By the way, what the heck is a semi-colon?
To make the spelling situation even “better,” I also have dyslexia. So yeah, school was tons of fun.
This is one of my deep dark secrets.
You will not be surprised to hear that I used to hide it. It was something that I was ashamed of and did not want to admit to anyone, much less myself.
Then I was talking with a friend and mentioned my issue. I was surprised to learn he didn’t have a clue. I guess I did an excellent job of hiding this darkness.
It was fascinating to me that I then learned it was something we had in common!
I quickly realized that we all have struggles in life.
Nobody is perfect, and knowing you are not alone is reassuring. I genuinely mean that. I have gone through some crazy things in my life.
Keeping these issues bottled up inside is not good for your health or those around you.
My Life-Long Struggle
As I mentioned, spelling has genuinely been a lifelong struggle. Growing up, I always tried to hide it the best I could.
Recently, I have decided to face my fears.
Not only that but for me, this has always been the most significant overall shame that I have.
It always embarrassed me and haunted me.
I remember in grade school. I would spend countless hours studying and trying to memorize things.
I hated it when I found out we would have spelling tests.
I never did great at them but started developing ways to memorize words that the next set would later replace.
Thank you, Mum!
You might be interested to learn that I honestly never remember how to spell anything. Yes, as I said, it’s one of my biggest shame.
It has taken me many years to admit to myself and others that I have this issue.
I think that was one of the good things about my last relationship. She did a great job of helping me get over the walls I had built up.
Being teased in school and unable to spell was just the beginning. The other stuff, well, that might have to be a different blog altogether.
Learning and accepting my flaw did not happen overnight.
It took a lot of work, but I started to notice that I felt at ease as I began to be open and honest with others. That opened the doors to many great conversations and even offered some tricks I use to help me out.
It’s always easier to know that you are not alone and others are in the same boat as you.
It’s incredible how many people face the same shame, fears, and issues that you do. All you have to do is open yourself up. I know I feel better knowing I’m not alone.
Helping Others Out – When And Where You Can
When you go through something rough in life, it doesn’t take long for others to learn about it. Sometimes people will succumb to the rough patches and fall into dark holes.
We don’t want that to happen. For the brought times I’ve dealt with, it’s important to use them as stepping stones to help others.
Another reason why you are reading this blog post. After spending countless hours finding the perfect program, I don’t want you to make the same mistakes.
And helping others is always at the top of my list. Even if that means digging in and sharing some deep dark secret that you keep, do it.
I am using the example of my spelling issue, but there are many more significant issues. I have even found that getting out ahead of my spelling issue has proven to be a blessing.
Does spelling still make me self-conscious?
Yes, you bet.
But I have embraced it, which has helped me not be as worried.
I simply tell people that I’m not a great speller, and don’t get me started about tenses.
In my last job, that was a huge issue (I made a spreadsheet to help).
There are always ways to hide, fight, or find a way around an issue you are dealing with. For my spelling issue, I discovered computers to be an excellent way to help me cope.
Computers – My Saving Grace
The one saving grace for many horrible spellers was the computer spell check!
Spell check quickly became my best friend. But this best friend only does so much, and it only corrects spelling.
There are many different parts of writing, and it took years of trying different programs to find what would for my needs.
This is especially true when you decide you want to become a writer, have to create writing samples, and add a personal blog too.
I cannot remember when exactly I found the answer to my prayers. But I have been so excited since I found Grammarly!
Not only does it fix and assist with spelling, it also looks at your grammar and my greatest writing enemy tense.
There are a ton of additional benefits, such as:
- Your writing tone
- You can even add it to many different programs, like Google Chrome!
It’s amazing to know there is a program working in the background to assist will all sorts of writing projects.
Wilde Escape – The Epic Blog
As you know, since you are reading it, I managed to start a blog (and now have quite a few).
Having a blog has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. But with a blog, there is surprisingly a lot of writing.
When I started the blog, I had some amazing and fantastic Mum and friends check my work before posting.
There was a crazy amount of corrections, even after I used my basic spell-check.
After all, the basic spell check only goes so far, and I needed a lot more.
I can now write a post, check it with Grammarly, and post it.
I always want to provide quality content that is fun to read and informative. It would be great to hear from you!
Grammarly – Worth Every Penny
I have been using Grammarly for months now and LOVE IT!
I would highly suggest it to anyone that writes.
Start out by using the free basic version.
That will give you a feel of the power of Grammarly.
Once you want to see more of its power, that is when it’s time to get the Premium.
That’s what I did, but all within a few weeks. That being said, I do write a lot!
Grammarly has been one of the best things I have done for my writing.
There is no reason to be nervous about writing to the world. This software runs in the background on almost everything you will be using, and they even have an application for your phone!
There is one bad thing you should know.
After purchasing the premium version, you will use Grammarly daily and wonder how you used to live without it!
Writing starts to become fun again!
If you are wondering, yes, I’m still very thankful for my friends and Mum, who, to this day, still find errors in my writing. Most of the time, they let me know right away, but sometimes they don’t.
So I still welcome anyone that finds an error to let me know.
My overall goal with this blog is to provide the content you want to read.
It is sad to see blogs and articles still have so many errors in the first few lines.
You never want what you write to be difficult to read. And Grammarly can help you with that, as you can customize a ton of stuff in the settings.
Grammarly has given me a sense of calm when I write.
It’s so much easier to sit down and start writing simply.
Fixing errors later allows you to get what is in your head out. It’s sort of fun to see all the new errors Grammarly finds.
The program does it all, and it will improve your overall writing.
It’s Time You Give Grammarly a Try
If you haven’t guessed yet, this is one piece of software I suggest to everyone. I am a huge fan!
Grammarly will be a game-changer for you too.
If you want to start writing more, this is one powerful tool.
Maybe you’re in school and need help with spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Grammarly has you covered!
Or, you have been writing for years and want to review old blog posts using Grammarly. You might be shocked by how many errors it will find.
What do you think about Grammarly?
Are you going to give the FREE version a try?
Let me know in the comments below!