Correct grammar and spelling is vital to building trust in your reader. As Susan Thurman, author of The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need, wrote, “Just a few of [misspelling and word misuse] errors will make a reader lose confidence in what you’re trying to say.”1 When you’re trying to start a business or sell a product, having a customer lose confidence is far from desirable. Below are some resources that will help catch grammar mistakes:
1) Read a grammar book. Although most of us have had the privilege of learning grammar in school, we may need a refresher. Grammar guides and review books are plentiful and don’t break the bank. The above-mentioned The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need is an Amazon’s bestseller, and its kindle edition is only around $6. A grammar guidebook will help you review the rules that may be a bit hazy. On the down side, a book may not help you in a pinch of looking something up on the go.
2) This leads us to number two: an online grammar reference. For example, The Economist has a Style Guide that allows you to search for grammar points by letter. There are a number out there that have a different organization style. Look around and find a reference that is easiest for you to navigate when you’re in a grammar pinch.
3) What about the mistakes we don't know we make? Microsoft Word catches a fair few but many slip by as technically correct. The free download Grammarly checks your grammar in context and provides explanations for the mistakes. The catch is Grammarly works for all your writing online as it is a plug-in for browsers.
There you have the in-depth, spot check, and learn as you go grammar resources. Check out the one that you think is right for you, your blog, and business. Or why not check out all three!
Wishing you a successful, creative week!
KZ Consulting Services Team