There are countless articles about grammar on writing websites and blogs. This is not going to be "one of those."
Writers have an endless path in front of us as we sit down at a blank page. Will the path take you to the dark and stormy coast? Or maybe to through a tangle of dense trees. We spin a tale of mystery, or romance, or misery just through our words. Sometimes we just need to get words on a page.
One of the tools I use is the grammar check option in Word 2007. Sometimes it picks on words that I've used and a popup asks me if I'm sure (although it has not started saying "recalculating" like the lady on my GPS. LOL.) Over the weekend it thought my use of the word "fishermen" was too gender specific and it wondered if I didn't want to use the word "angler" instead. Not that my use of the word was passive (which Word tells me sometimes) or used incorrectly.
At first I was surprised (and lightly annoyed, if I'm honest). "Angler" is a completely different word and has a different tone. And I really did mean "fishermen" in my sentence. But then I thought how cool that my software program was reminding me to be inclusive--just in case I had forgotten.
Do any of your writing tools talk to you?