Let's face it. Grammar does not equal glamour. But if your manuscript is lacking it, you can forget about snagging an agent. So while subject and verb agreement might make you yawn, here are some sites that will help you have fun while tackling the grammar beast.
One easy way to go over your story is to check for overuse of certain words. Scrivener writing software has this built in, and I use it frequently. I also use a free website to make a visual map of my chapters that shows which words I'm using the most. Then there are sites that track frequently used words and phrases.
I also love Grammar Girl's website and book. She brings humor to grammar, which isn't easy.
I've discovered a new and fun site for the ticklish terms in grammar at ChompChomp. It's a fun and irreverent site with great grammar definitions, exercises, and even videos to help users wrap their heads around grammar intricacies (complete with rock music).
If you need the help of a thesaurus, you've got lots of options. For a physical reference, I recommend The Synonym Finder--a great volume to keep handy. If you're more of a visual person, there's nothing better than The Visual Thesaurus, a free-to-try online tool that maps out the connections between words.
And last of all, Writing Forward has a list of ten grammar resources that are fantastic. Does anyone remember the Schoolhouse Rock videos that were shown during Saturday morning cartoons decades ago? Time to take a trip down memory lane--and brush up on grammar at the same time.
What do you use to keep your tenses straight? I'd love to add to this list.