Sorry for missing my last blog post! Sometimes you need to take a breath and have a break; enjoy what’s around you. I had a wonderful mini-holiday hiking and exploring NZ’s South Island.
Unfortunately, this means I haven’t written much new material. Instead, I have been focussing on editing/proofreading When the Rain Falls (again). But this time, the Grammarly plug-in on Mircosoft Word is my editing weapon, and I’ve developed a strong love/hate relationship with it.
On the one hand, it is excellent at finding missing words, misspelled words, and incorrectly used words. It is incredible how many I still come across even after both Sarah and I have meticulously combed through it several times. Last time I checked, there were over eighty of these spelling issues to fix.
On the other hand, it is an adventure when it comes to commas, and I have a bone to pick with it over the dreaded ‘wordy’, ‘monotonous’ and ‘repetitive’ sentences it tells me to ‘considering rewriting’. I will not. They are for effect!
Don’t even get me started on its passive-aggressive ‘looks like you’ve been practicing’ retort when I decide to make a minor change. Or its weekly email that ranks your most egregious grammar shortcomings and spelling adversaries.
I can see the value of adding software like Grammarly to your writing toolbox, but as with everything, it has its limits. And it is not a cure-all for our punctuation woes.
Do you have any preferred proofreading software? Or feel like venting about your experience with Grammarly (or the even worse inbuilt Word proofreader)? Leave a comment below.