A writers new best friend
by M. J. Natali
I’ve attended college and yes, English was part of my curriculum. Over the years though, I’ve developed rusty grammar. Oops!
Continuing education is essential for writers. The problem is, how do I fit grammar lessons in my tight schedule? I work full time, write on my off hours, plus maintain a household.
I searched the internet and found these possible solutions
1: I can sign up for free classes such as Arizona State University
2: I can take some Udemy Courses
3: I can purchase a grammar book
4: Find a website which allows me to learn and test myself free, whether it’s five minutes or more.
Once I’ve researched the above possibilities, my choice is to go with option four, as it’s the best choice.
There is a website called Grammar Monster which does just that. The best news? It’s accessible on your cellular phones too! Here are my thoughts on this website.
What I like. Grammar Monster covers all aspects of grammar, and it surprises me how easy and fun it is.
Here you will find everything from easily confused words to complex sentences. Each lesson is broken down by subject matter, allowing you to find what you need fast. The lessons are rather short, but streamlined, plus they offer examples within each. This allows a person to learn a subject quickly.
Here is an example of what you’ll find:
What Is an Independent Clause? (with Examples)
- I like coconut macaroons. (This is an independent clause and simple sentence.)
- I like coconut macaroons even though I dislike coconut.(This is an independent clause and a dependent clause. This is a complex sentence
Did I mention they offer free tests?
What could use improvement. Although the site is great, some lessons are found in the footer. You may need to search for the lesson, which isn’t too hard, but for a more user friendly experience, it would be nicer to have all lessons listed in the home page or menu options.
Why is it important for a writer to brush up on rusty grammar? Ask any author and they will tell you there is no such thing as a one draft novel. Nope. If there is, it’s rare and I applaud those who can achieve it. For the rest of us, it takes more than one draft to finish the project. Improving your grammar will cut down on some of the work involved in the working drafts to final product.
Do you have a favorite website to brush up on your grammar? Share in the comments section below.