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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 4:14:20 PM

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Just wondering if anyone has tried using online "grammar checkers" or software for their stories. If so, any recommendations?

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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2014 8:10:46 AM

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I have not used on-line grammar checkers. However, I have used the trial version of Grammatica (for MacOS), but found it generated too many false alarms, often with acceptable sentence constructs. My preferred method to check myself is to have my computer "read" the story to me. This is easy to do with MacOS or Ubuntu (don't know about Windows). Our ears are excellent grammar filters and will often notice anything that sounds wrong.


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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2014 8:55:23 AM

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I use a few online writing aids when writing My stories. One is a grammar checker, one is a word counting tool, and I use the hell out of Dictionary.com's thesaurus!

I have no trouble with the story ideas, it's getting My wild imagination down on "paper" that is a trick sometimes!

Here are some links:

Grammar Checkers:
http://www.grammarbase.com/
http://www.paperrater.com/

Word Counting Tools:
http://wordcounttools.com/
http://wordcounttool.net/

Here's an excellent source for all kinds of story info - this gives Me endless ideas for descriptive words and ideas!
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/wordlist/

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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:44:40 AM

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Thanks for that list of 'helpers' Master J. I tend to stick with the ones in Word. However, any checker needs to be customized for your needs. For instance, Word comes set for 'Standard' usage. That's okay except for writing fiction. I've found 'informal' best for that.

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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2014 11:47:39 AM

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I use this one in my final step before sending a story off for a second set of human eyes:

http://prowritingaid.com/

The reports it generates can be pretty useful. I'm especially fond of the repeated words report.

Can't speak to the "premium" features, as I only use the free ones.

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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2014 5:05:31 PM

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I mainly use the Microsoft Word spell check, with the grammar function turned off (otherwise every fucking sentence has a green line under it), and, like Visioneer, my ear.

I find that formal grammar rules don't really lend themselves to the relatively informal style of my first person narrative. But if I do find myself in a pickle from time to time, I just google it and take whatever answer best suits.

Honestly, I think the best way is to just learn it. Not necessarily studying grammar texts, although skimming a brochure or two might not be a bad idea, but reading widely from professionally published authors. If Tom Clancy, John Grisham or Suzanne Collins can get away with it, then chances are, so can you.

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