“Say You, Say Me”
by Lionel Richie
Say you, say me
Say it right always, that’s the way it should be
Say you, say me
Say it much better, Grammarly
I had a story I had an awesome story
But there were issues with the text. I didn’t know what should come next
Is it a hyphen or ‘em dash? I knew it couldn’t be a slash
And from behind walls of doubt a writer’s voice was crying out
As we go down this writer’s highway
Seems the hardest thing to do is to find a word or two
A helping hand – someone who understands
That when you feel you’ve lost your way
You’ve got Grammarly there to say I’ll show you
So you think you know the answers – oh no
’cause the whole world has got you writing
That’s right – I’m telling you
It’s time to start believing – oh yes
Believing who you are – you are a writing star
Okay, I had a little fun changing the lyrics to Lionel Richie’s song to make this post more interesting. After all, we’re talking about grammar.
Have you discovered Grammarly, yet?
It’s another cool tool for writers. Paste the text of your manuscript into the application and receive an instant score on the grammar, issues discovered with the text and suggestions for correcting it.
The first time I used it I wanted to throw in the towel as a writer. What? A 65? I suck at this. I looked at the feedback and noticed it was flagging things it shouldn’t, like contractions. Then I realized I had the review setting set to “Academic” rather than “Creative.” After a quick switch to creative, I was feeling better.
If you haven’t heard of Grammarly, you should give it a try. It will help you catch those pesky little grammatical errors like missing commas.
Since you’ve stuck with me this far, I’ll treat you to a little song by Lionel Richie. I probably won’t be able to listen to this again without inserting the lyrics above.