I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website.
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk (with a nice helping of romance!) When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA/adult about romance in the past, present and future.
There's always a TIME for romance!!
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics. Thanks for dropping by!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Writers - Have you heard of Grammarly?
The people at Grammarly contacted me, asking if I'd like to test out their new grammar checking program. I said sure, why not? What writer wouldn't want to use a program that actually helped them to tighten their prose?
What I liked about Grammarly was how thorough it was at flagging problem areas, and it was really user friendly. You simply paste or upload the text you want to edit. It gives you a choice of type of document: General, Business, Academic, Technical, Creative, and Casual.
You click review and it scans your text for a load of potential problems: Use of articles, Faulty Parallelisms, Confusing Modifiers, Subject and Verb Agreement, Punctuation within a Sentence, Spelling, and Commonly Confused Words.
Like any grammar checking program, it can't always know what's a matter of the writer's style verses technical correctness, so you can't make the recommended changes with your eyes closed. Some of the prompts won't apply.
Not to be used instead of hiring an editor. Think of it as an extra set of eyes.
The only thing I found a little annoying is that you can only use twenty pages or less at a time, which means you have to go in and out of the program a lot to make it through a novel size manuscript, but the results are worth the effort.
You can check them out for yourselves at http://www.grammarly.com/about