Grammarly and Writing

 

Desk
Surprised I sold this for $20 on Craigslist.

A few weeks ago I added the Grammarly Chrome extension on my laptop. I finally gave in after seeing the ad for it for, I don’t know, a few years? Not sure how long it’s been around, but got sick of seeing it so I decided to join them.

And, I must say, I find it useful. I like how it goes with me or can be used just about anytime I am typing – on blog posts, emails, contact forms, etc. I also found the unexpected weekly usage updates interesting.

Week 1

  • 2,060 words checked
  • 79% more productive than other Grammarly users
  • 39% more accurate than other users
  • I used more unique words than 85% of users (really!?)

Week 2

  • 7,920 words checked
  • 92% more productive than other users
  • 38% more accurate than other users
  • used more unique words than 97% of Grammarly users (What?! Who uses Grammarly, first graders, and Trump?)

It also lets me know how many alerts I’ve had and other advanced mistakes. (267 to be exact) Nice to know I am efficient at making advanced mistakes. (I wrote ‘with making…’ and it corrected it to ‘at making’.) It works!

The Writing Part

This is separate from Grammarly and is more of a reminder for those who are or planning to or who have intentions of, writing a book.

(I wanted to tell you who I recently downloaded a sample of their book, buuuuuttt, they didn’t include their own name – the author – in the sample! Let that be a reminder if you plan on having readers download your work, make sure your name is on it. I learned that from public school – this author was home-schooled, so, being the only student….)

So, his name is Nathan Barry. And the sample is from his book, Authority. And as you can probably tell from the title, it’s about self-publishing a book on what you can teach. (I came across Nathan from his ConvertKit video from their Craft + Commerce conference. It has other good speakers worth checking out – James Clear, Sean McCabe, Cassidy Tuttle)

But the point I wanted to talk about is the reminder that came to me last night while reading the sample…

Often we get stuck or think we’re writing a book. While that is accurate, and while the reader is reading a book, they are doing so to either be entertained, learn something, be inspired, or solve a problem. In other words, don’t look at writing a book as your writing a book…approach it as what you want the reader to get out of it.

Are you writing to entertain?

Are you writing to explain, instruct, or guide?

Are you writing to uplift and inspire? 

I think remembering to keep that in mind will help you write your book. I don’t know? I’m still in that stage of, “I’d like to write a book!” But Nathan’s sample reminded me as to why I was writing it. Hopefully, I’ll stick that reason somewhere where I can see it over and over until the reason for writing becomes the reason for writing.

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