ProWritingAid, A Writer’s Best Editing Friend

ProWritingAid is an essential editing tool

ProWritingAid is an essential part of a writer's toolbox.After a month (or two, or three) of writing non-fiction, I’m back at work writing fiction. One of the essential tools I use is ProWriting Aid. I touched on its features briefly in my “R” is for Revising Your Rough Draft blog. I’d like to explain more of why I find it invaluable.

ProWritingAid is more than spelling and  grammar.

Let’s examine its features:

  • Writing style checks.
    • Highlights areas where your writing style might be improved, such as use of passive and hidden verbs.
    • Passive verbs:been taught, been raised, was killed. These can change to a more active verb: taught, raised, killed.
    • Hidden verbs:a meeting with can change to meet with; the disappearance of can change to dissapear.
    • Adverb usage inside and outside of dialogue. I tend to keep adverbs inside dialogue as that’s how people talk.
    • Using the same word to start three or more sentences.
  • Grammar check. Checks text for grammar errors and potential word misuse.
  • Overused word check. Compares the frequency of commonly overused words in text to published writing to give you an indication of where you may be over-using words.
    • ProWritingAid, for example, will suggest you remove 13 of the 33 instances you used “had”.
  • Readability.
    • Approximate reading time
    • Points out difficult to read paragraphs.
    • Cliches and Redundancies
  • Sticky sentences.
    • Sticky sentences contain a greater-than-normal amount of small articles and words such as”a, head, out, of, the, way” which slows reading.
  • Diction, Vague, and Abstract words report
        • Diction—ending sentences with a preposition; simplifying words (using “want” instead of “desire”)
        • Vague and Abstract words—it mostly objects to “would, could, some,” but also takes exception to perfectly good words. I mostly ignore this section.

      Other ProWritingAid reports:

    ProWritingaid helps eliminate errors in your writing

  • Repeats check.
    • Points out when you’ve used a word or phrase more than once.
  • Close repeats.
    • Highlights any words or phrases you’ve used more than once in a short space of writing.
  • Sentence length check
    • You might want to break up that 43 word sentence.
  • Thesaurus
    • By hovering over a word, proWritungAid suggests alternatives
  • Dialogue tags check
    • Highlights all dialogue, gives a percentage of dialogue used, and counts how many and of which type of tags.
  • Consistency
    • Spelling consistency
    • Hyphenation consistency
    • Straight quotes vs. curly quotes
    • Capitalization consistency (Commander vs commander)
    • Em and en dash use
  • Pacing check
    • Identifies slow paragraphs, such as backstory and introspection, so you can spread them out.
  • Pronoun use
    • ProWritingAid suggest 4-15% of pronoun usage and <30% of initial pronoun usage (beginning a sentence with a pronoun)
  • Alliteration (spaceship in sub-space)
  • Homonym
  • Transitions. Transitions make it easier for your reader. I fail woefully at transitions.
  • House styles. You can set up your own style sheet.
  • Plagiarism. This is a paid report.

ProWritingAid is a paid platform at $40 per year. There is a limited FREE version for a 14 day period. I suggest trying the free version first to determine if the software is compatible to you.

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2 Responses to ProWritingAid, A Writer’s Best Editing Friend

  1. Lisa Lepki says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    Thank you so much for writing about our editing tool – we’re delighted that you find it so helpful.

    Happy editing!

    Lisa Lepki

  2. admin says:

    Thank you! ProWritingAid saves me time and embarrassment.

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