In this week’s column, the focus is on writing aid software. You’ve probably heard of Grammarly, ProWritingAid, and Hemingway, but do you know how to get the most value out of them. This week’s links feature articles on the various applications you can use for editing and polishing your manuscript as well as tips and advice on how to get the most out of them. They all have free options as well as paid options that allow you to do more.
- https://blog.bookbaby.com/2017/10/nine-manuscript-editing-software-programs-reviewed/ – Nine Manuscript Editing Software Programs You Should Consider: This article looks at 9 different programs that writers can use to perfect their manuscripts. The programs covered include AutoCrit, Consistency Checker which is a free software that can be used to find spelling and grammar errors, Draft which is a writing and collaboration publishing tool, Grammarly, Hemingway Editor which is great for catching passive voice and hard to read sentences, MasterWriter is a thesaurus, ProWritingAid, SmartEdit, and WriteMonkey. Each of these programs is described in the article.
- https://kindlepreneur.com/best-proofreading-software/ – Best Proofreading Software 2020: What Program is Best for You?: This is a great article from Kindlepreneur that looks at all the different software programs and compares them so you can decide which one will work to your advantage. This article contains a comparison of Grammarly vs Ginger vs Hemingway vs ProWritingAid so you can see what each program costs for the advanced version as well as what it can do. Most will correct grammar and spelling offer a free desktop app and have a free version you can use. There is also an in-depth review of each of the these programs along with pros and cons.
- https://nybookeditors.com/2016/02/instantly-improve-your-writing-with-these-11-editing-tools/ – Instantly Improve Your Writing with These 11 Editing Tools: This article is from the NY Book Editors blog and looks at eleven different programs. The first of these is After The Deadline which can check for spelling errors, misused words, and other writing errors. It also looks at AutoCrit which is specifically for fiction writers, CorrectEnglish that can help improve grammar and readability, EditMinion is a robotic copy editor, Grammarly the popular online grammar checker, Hemingway App with its bright colours, PaperRater an online grammar and spell checker, ProWritingAid which can help to improve writing and readability, Slick Write looks at adverbs, passive voice, and awkward phrases, SmartEdit a downloadable editing tool, and WordRake a proofreading software that works with Microsoft Word.
- https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2020/04/17/writing-software-prowritingaid/ – Writing Software: How to Use ProWritingAid to Improve Your Writing and Self-Edit Your Book: This article from Joanna Penn features a video that looks at ProWritingAid and all that it can do. Joanna explains why it’s useful for writers and how you can use it to look at sentence length, sentence structure, overused words, repeated words, clichés, and much more. There is a transcript of the video for those who prefer to read the article more so than watching the video.
- https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/04/04/improve-your-writing-with-grammarly/ – How to Use Grammarly to Improve Your Writing: This is another video article from Joanna Penn. This one focuses on Grammarly and includes six ways you can use Grammarly to improve your writing. You can discover what words you use too often, how to break up sentences to make them flow better, how to check for plagiarism, and much more.
- https://thedigitalmerchant.com/content-marketing/grammar-editing-software/prowritingaid-vs-autocrit/ – ProWritingAid vs AutoCrit: This article has been updated for 2020. Editors compare AutoCrit and ProWritingAid and give a complete breakdown of each including the pros and cons so you can decide which editing tool will be the most beneficial. There is an overview of these editing tools along with the benefits of using them.
- https://medium.com/better-marketing/how-to-use-the-hemingway-app-to-improve-your-writing-80a914f7de06 – How to Use the Hemingway App to Improve Your Writing: This article looks at the Hemingway App and how you can use this simple too to enhance your novel without losing your author voice. The app gives you a readability grade and also highlight adverbs, passive voice, hard to read sentences, and more. The great thing about the Hemingway app is everything is highlighted in different colours making it really easy to see at a glance things to fix when editing. This article includes a list of pros and cons.
I hope you enjoyed the links this week. You can use one of all of these tools to help when it comes to self-editing and improving your writing. Remember most come with a free version so be sure to try them out before committing to monthly or yearly payment plans. Personally, I love the Hemingway App and it has a onetime purchase price. I also use the free version of Grammarly which is great for emails, blog posts, and all writing you might do. The free versions of ProWritingAid only allows you to check 500 words at a time so if you are looking for overused words or phrases, the free version isn’t that useful, but it is great for catching other grammatical issues. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
(c) Amanda J Evans