Grammarly: A UK Book Editor's Advice for Writers Using the Software Plus the Dos and Don'ts
Updated: Sep 1, 2022
Professional book editor in the UK offers strong advice for aspiring authors who use Grammarly to edit their manuscripts!
For those who aren't familiar with Grammarly, it's a software that polishes your writing using artificial intelligence. As a professional book editor, I have always been sceptical; I'll always shake my head when writers claim to have edited their published book using Grammarly...but, I have to admit, the software has its benefits.
Grammarly can be an absolute lifesaver in some areas of writing. For example, you may run a weekly blog, submit features and articles to magazines, or write endless essays for course assignments, so Grammarly may come into play in those circumstances.
However, suppose you are an aspiring author with a finished manuscript. In that case, Grammarly can't offer the deep developmental edit your novel may need, and it doesn't provide the same detailed service a professional book editor could provide. And as Grammarly uses artificial intelligence, it doesn't know the ins and outs of the publishing world; therefore, it can only suggest generic solutions to your errors, mistakes, and inconsistencies.
While skimming social media, I have discovered that many freelancers, new writers, and published authors use Grammarly for all sorts of written work, but using this online software for everything won't bring you the desired results.