I'm treating the symptom

Good morning.

I use a program called Grammarly to check everything I write, which might come as a surprise.

The version I use is mostly a glorified - and more expensive - autocorrect, as opposed to writing analysis, which it is also capable of doing (and I should strongly consider).

Every week, Grammarly send me a report of how many words I wrote, my vocabulary, and how many errors I made.

I average between 12,000-18,000 words per week, with a total of 200-300 error alerts (depending on how many words I write).

(FYI: my eloquent, articulate, and elongated vocabulary supersedes 98% of users, which is good).

Interestingly, the error rate of my original work has been 1.1-1.8% every week, since I started using the full program this year.

It hasn’t deviated at all.

So while my final product has fewer errors, there’s no improvement in the rate of errors I am making.

Which begs the question: is the program stopping me from getting better at writing?

Well yes, the time I am spending is not improving my writing. But that’s because there is no deliberate practice to improve it.

You won’t get better at the guitar just by holding it and strumming away. There needs to be some form of game plan.

However, exercise is one of those things you can get better at just by doing something.

If you go and spend 20-minutes riding your bike this weekend, you will be able to do the same ride with less effort, or add an extra 5-minutes, next weekend.

The body is adapting to what you make it do. 

The limiting factor is usually your mind, but that’s challenge by muscular and cardiovascular fatigue.

Tom Fitzgerald