Hi, my name is Amber, and I have Social Anxiety! I get nervous and worked up when I meet new people or even worse, have to talk to them. My heart starts pounding 120 BPM; palms start sweating, and I lose all vocabulary. The night before having to meet people that I am unfamiliar with I lay awake planning my words carefully, which is pointless because I forget what I planned out in my head as soon as my eyes close. I would much rather write than speak. I feel like I can explain myself better when I write and get all the words that are jumbled in my head out. Writing gives me that creative outlet that I need to express myself, and speaking I just feel like a mess.
I struggled in English class back in High School, and I struggle with it still today. Grammar has always been hard for me to understand. But if you are going to be a writer it’s something that you need to know and know well. I am so thankful that I stumbled across this neat program called Grammarly it has helped me immensely with my writing. It lets me know what I did wrong and how to fix it with examples and explanations.
I did end up signing up for a premium account because it checks over 250 grammatical errors, provides vocabulary enhancement suggestions, detects plagiarism, and provides citation suggestions. If you sign up for a free account, you will be able to download a free browser extension (for Chrome and Safari) that will correct over 150 types of grammatical errors wherever you are writing online. So, you will have a grammar checker when you’re on Facebook, WordPress, or writing emails!
They also send you a weekly writing update with how you are doing, and sometimes it will include what areas need work. So, for the week of October 12-18th I wrote 10,297 words, I made 1,415 mistakes and used 651 unique words. Now I know that I need to expand my vocabulary a bit and work on my mistakes. I have used Grammarly every day now for the past month, and it has made me more conscious of my mistakes and areas that need improvements.
Try it for free and see what you think 🙂
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