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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Kirschaum

The best thing I ever bought

When I got this, my writing life changed.

A successful woman I "follow" on email occasionally had tiny, meaningless typos in her emails.

Typos are my white whale - like fleas to a dog or aprés to ski. No matter how hard I try, I can't catch them all.

Seeing her typos made me think, "I'm not alone."

It made me realize you can be successful without being perfect.

Maybe you've been here.

You hit "send" and realize you have a "there" when you wanted a "their" or even a "they're."

Or maybe it's a "you're" vs. "your."

And now you're kicking yourself, debating whether or not you should address your mistake.

Here's where it takes an interesting turn.

One day, the typos stopped.

I can't pinpoint when it happened, but I realized there were no more typos in her emails.

Was this because of her new assistant? For the record, when I make over $1 million a year, I'll hire an assistant too.

Hypnosis? Scream therapy? Did she 'sage' her work area? What happened?

Doesn't matter. The point is this: things change.

And just because things have been a certain way doesn't mean they'll always be that way.

About a year ago, I made a change.

At the risk of sounding like a late-night infomercial - cue me hawking a Thigh Master or a Chia Pet - it was Grammarly. And in case you never heard of it, it's an app that proofreads for you.

It catches most of your screw-ups. Not all, but most, and if you're a serial typo-writer, let me tell you, it's heaven.

No more forgetting a conjunction or used "if" when you meant "is." It catches double words - one of my regular errors. Well, they used to be😊.

I don't even remember how I got onto it. Maybe I saw a Grammarly advert, and thought, "If anyone needs this, you do."

They offered a free trial. I tried it. Do I still make writing mistakes? Yes, but far fewer.

If you can't afford an assistant, don't want to look like you don't care, and want to save oodles of time, try Grammarly.

Seriously, it's the real deal.

I still have sign-off anxiety, and Grammarly can't help me!



PS - My grammar is still imperfect, but mainly because I ignore some G. suggestions because I love my made-up words and unnecessary ellipses...

PPS - FYI, Grammarly loads into a lot of your apps, so it's just there fixing as you write. It's there in my email Medium™, Mailchimp®, so you don't have to cut and paste all over. It's just there, fixing things!

PPPS - I'm still not sure how my stalkee fixed her typo-itus, but sometimes I wonder if she reads my emails. Hey 🎃 how'd you do it?

PPPPS - If she tells me, I'll tell you!


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