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Grammarly Review: a free writing and proofreading app

Reviewing Grammarly, a free writing and proofreading app

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Attention writers, students, office workers—you should download the free Grammarly app if you’re serious about improving your writing. Whether you’re typing on the computer or tweeting from your mobile device, Grammarly ensures that your work looks polished before you hit publish.

Grammarly is a free plugin for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that proofreads your writing wherever you write on the web. This includes Gmail, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, WordPress, Facebook updates, Tweets, LinkedIn, etc.

Say you’re posting your latest status update on Facebook. With Grammarly installed, you’ll see instant grammar and spelling corrections in your sentences right after you type them. 

Your writing, at its best.

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I always run my blog posts, novels, work emails, tweets, cover letters and resumes (Grammarly offers a resume setting for premium users) to ensure the most effective and mistake-free writing. 

My favorite Grammarly features

My favorite part of the app is the quick grammar check. Just when I think a piece is ready to publish, I run it through Grammarly only to find missed commas, slight misspellings and repeat words. Below is an example of how your piece of writing might look before and after scanning it through Grammarly. 

Download Grammarly to improve your writing

Not only does Grammarly pinpoint errors my eyes overlook, it also explains why it is suggesting the edit by providing brief explanations for any errors in punctuation, subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, run-on sentences, and other mistakes to improve your prose.

The auto-suggest word replacement feature is also extremely helpful. As someone who tends to repeat myself, Grammarly recommends using stronger, alternative but similar vocabulary to help me strengthen a sentence. 

If you upgrade to the premium version you get the full power of Grammarly. This includes advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure plus genre-specific writing style checks. It also comes with a plagiarism detector that checks more than 16 billion web pages to ensure your work is original!

Whether you’re a worker, student, or blogger, Grammarly meets all types of writing requirements. You can install the Grammarly app for free as an extension in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, or on your iPhone or Android, for instant proofreading or wait to check your writing aftward with a click of a button.

There’s also a standalone native browser on Grammarly.com and a native Mac app for more focused writing.

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Clack-clack: Go retro with the Qwerkywriter Typewriter

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For the nostalgic typewriter enthusiasts comes the Querkywriter keyboard that recreates the look and feel of the click-clack experience onto modern computing. If you’re a fan of Tom Hanks Hanx writer fan, then you’ll certainly want to take it a step further and use the closest to the real thing.  

As they say, the life of a computer is 3-5 years. The life of a typewriter is a century. You can also find the Qwerkywriter on my Amazon list: Tools for creators.  

For the nostalgic typewriter enthusiasts comes the Querkywriter keyboard that recreates the look and feel of the click-clack experience onto modern computing. If you're a fan of Tom Hanks Hanx writer fan, then you'll certainly want to take it a step further and use the closest to the real thing.  #typewriter #xmasgifts
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Know Yourself prompt cards from The School of Life

More introspective goodies from the School of Life folks, led by philosopher Alain de Botton. These prompt cards remind me of those Brian Eno Oblique Strategies (Amazon) cards that help creatives get unstuck from thinking blocks. 

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The Bullet Journal: An analog system for a digital age

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You can count me in as one of the people that succeeds from an analog to-do list. I’ve tried countless to-do apps, and none of them push me to get stuff done like the written word.

Keep yourself honest by adopting the bullet journal system, if only to remind yourself what actually deserves your attention.

How a Bullet Journal Works

Here is how it works: you take a blank notebook, any blank notebook. You can, if you wish, buy a special one, but the notebook isn’t the point – the Bullet Journal is a method, not an object. You number the pages as you go along, having set aside a few pages at the front that over time become your contents list. Then each month you handwrite a calendar called the “monthly log” followed by a “daily log” of tasks, events and notes, marked respectively by bullet points, circles and dashes. Each day you manually cross out tasks you have completed and then rewrite the undone ones for the next day.

Read How the Bullet Journal stopped me lying to myself

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Listening is the new reading

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If you’re behind on some of your reading goals for the year and want to catch up, I’d recommend checking out Amazon’s Audible program.

You get two free audiobooks as part of signing up.

I listen to audiobooks on the road, at home, and at the gym. It’s also a pleasure to take a respite from the lite bright of my phone or Kindle.

According to recent studies, people comprehend books listening just as much as they do reading them. The brain doesn’t have to do any additional decoding.

Says University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Willingham:

“If you take the question from the perspective of cognitive psychology — that is, the mental processes involved — there is no real difference between listening to a book and reading it. So, according to that understanding of the question: No, audiobooks are not cheating.”

Of course, there’s no beating the tangible reading experience of a paperback with the sound and smell of turning fresh pages.

But listening is a viable alternative for tired eyes or anyone on the move. Here’s the list of benefits:

Audible Free Trial benefits

  • Get two free audiobooks to start — after 30 days, get 1 book each month for $14.95/month
  • Get 30% off the price of additional audiobook purchases
  • Cancel anytime. Your books are yours to keep, even if you cancel.

Remember: You’re getting 2 FREE Audible books.

About: Audible, an Amazon company, offers the world’s largest selection of digital audiobooks and spoken word content. With Audible, customers can listen anytime and anywhere to professionally-narrated audiobooks across a wide range of genres.

Listening is the new reading
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Firing Table: Grow your Instagram account organically

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$29.95 per month gets you your own Instagram account management

Instagram users spend as much time on the app as they do on Facebook. Some even predict that Instagram will be as big as Facebook in the next five years with over 2 billion users.

If you’re a business, an influencer, or just want to get your work seen, you need to be actively publishing and engaging on Instagram. But if you’re like me, you either don’t have the time nor want to waste all your energy poking at the mobile screen while your primary focus should be scheduling awesome content. That’s why I recommend outsourcing that labor, not to bots, but to real people.

Firing Table is a service that grows Instagram accounts quickly and organically. They interact within designated parameters 24 hours a day on behalf of their clients. This constant interaction leads to more exposure and in turn more followers and interaction for businesses. And they do all of this based on information given to us at signup so the users that are seeing your account are relevant.

Customers can grow accounts by up to 100 followers per day. These are all real people who choose to follow and interact.

The service is $29.95 per month and customers can cancel anytime you want. Don’t buy Instagram followers. Grow your account organically instead.

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Prompt cards

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Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies has been helping people defeat their creative block since the mid-1970s.

But Alain de Botton’s The School of Life is taking the concept a bit further and applying the deadlock to other life’s philosophies such as a career crisis, kindness, self-knowledge, calm and confidence.

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Write your way to the life you want with Writers Work

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This is an opportunity for my writer friends to produce powerful words in their underwear. That’s right. For any freelance writer who’s dreamed of working anywhere in the world or at home, Writers Work is for you.

Get jobs to come to you. Skip the hunting.

Writers Work is an all-in-one platform for launching a writing career. You can find writing jobs (the gigs come to you!), get career training, and build your own online portfolio website.

Signing up also gets you an advanced document editor (like Grammarly), that contains built-in grammar/style checking for over 2,000 grammar rules to help streamline your writing.

And no matter how crazy life gets, you can listen to the scientifically optimized music built into the app like audio tracks “Peaceful Thunder” to get you into a flow.

So write your way to the life you want. Start building a writing portfolio and try Writers Work today!

Hire a writer. Post a job free.

If you’d like to hire a writer, you can also post a job as an employer. You’ll hear back from talented freelancers in no less than 24 hours. Employers who rely on a steady stream of content will find a treasure trove of talent on Writers Work, ensuring that they’re receiving some of the strongest prose for their publishing or marketing efforts.    

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Don’t think too hard…🤔

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UNTHINK: Don’t think too hard (posters) —  Yellow/White

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Not all those who wander are lost  ✈️ 🗺️

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Scratch (off) the world