As many of you know by now, I am putting the finishing touches on a manuscript. The editing process has been a long journey through enemy territory. I have a tendency to misspell words, overuse commas, and underuse commas. My comma perils are great. Did I mention I love semicolons? Why do people hate on semicolons?
I’ve taken breaks from time to time to amuse myself with quotes about grammar. Here are two of my favorites:
“If you can spell ‘Nietzsche’ without Google, you deserve a cookie.”
“English doesn’t borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar.”
-James D. Nicoll
Someone at Grammarly got wind of my writing escapades and contacted me. If you don’t know, Grammarly is a writing enhancement platform that proofreads, detects plagiarism, and helps writers keep in line with more than 250 grammar rules. I use their Chrome plugin and find it exceedingly useful for online communications.
So, why do you care how I get my writing done?
Remember that kind person who contacted me? He wants to give one of you lovely readers a 3-month subscription to their Premium service for free.
Isn’t that nice?
All you have to do to get your name in the hat is comment on this post. I know I’m not the only one with a blog and/or manuscript around here, so I’m excited to see who gets this.
This handy little iconographic lists the five most common mistakes Grammarly catches. If you want to learn more about their product, just give it a click.
It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one with Comma Plague.
(That’s totally a thing.)