Today I stumbled across a post on Facebook, and it made me want to talk about this subject: Lazy writers, or cheaters, as they were in fact named in this post and whether these actually exist?
Pointing fingers at others
First of all, the post was extremely antagonistic towards writers who uses Grammarly. If you are not familiar with Grammarly, it is an app you can install on your computer, and it helps you correct your writing. It gives you suggestions for other words when it seems you have misspelled a word, or your grammar is wrong. But well, this Facebook post stated that writers who uses Grammar are lazy cheaters. Yes, that was what it said. I thought it was quite interesting, why you can think someone cheats at writing? I mean first of all; who are you cheating? It is not a competition, it is not a race – as a smart mental coach, I have worked with in the past, used to say: Focus on yourself and your goals – I think it is the same in writing. Dont compare, you can learn and get inspired and such from others, but dont mak it a competition.
Then second of all, lets say it is “cheating” but why is that such a bad thing, if it just helps you improve your writing? Grammarly, does not write great novels for you, that you can publish in your name, neither does Grammarly show up in the morning and do your work, so really lets chill, right?
I actually learned using Grammarly
Personally, I am trying really hard to improve my English, and Grammarly has been really helpful for me. Because it picks up on some of those mistakes, I didnt know I was making. Which for me is really helpfull, and then I remember to correct it myself afterward. I can’t see how this is cheating anyone, it is just a tool, and it is helpful for me. I agree with her point on, that it can be a good thing to use a dictionairy, but sometimes we make mistakes, which we dont know we make, and using a book form dictionairy, I dont think so easily will make us realize, what those mistakes are.
But back to the cheating thing…..
I want to talk more about this concept of cheating. Because the point here is that one writer is lashing out towards others, telling them “there is only one right way to do things, otherwise you are a cheater” – and we shoulnt behave like that! As writers we should embrace, that there are many different ways to write and produce text, and this is what makes us all unique. I dont see any point to why we need to point fingers at each other, this is not helping anyone. If this person, who made the Facebook post, believes Grammarly is not helpful, good for her, she should not use it, but why talk crap to others who are gladly using it? I dont understand that.
No one gains from this. I am a true believer in, that if we support each other, we can all grow, we can all get success! I think you can only cheat as a writer, if you are copying others, and pretending it is your own writing, that is not right. But otherwise, use all the tools you may find to improve yourself. Seek all the inspiration you want. Grow, learn and educate yourself!
Grammarly – the hero!
Talking about this also leads me to think about, how a tool like Grammarly can help people who struggles with spelling and grammar. Imagine you love to write, but you are not good at spelling. Grammarly can really help you, and maybe give you confidence to share more of your writings, because you are less afraid of “Grammar-police” coming after you. I really applaud those people who just keep writing, regardless the fact that they might struggle with spelling and grammar. So really no one should bash tools, that can help writers!
Thank you for reading this – I just needed to get this of my chest. But please, leave a comment and let me hear your thoughts on this!