As a writer, is important that you pay attention to the little things, and they are so easy to miss. A missing or misplaced comma, misspelled word, or the wrong order of words can completely change what you are trying to say. For instance, what would it mean if you take out the comma in this sentence: Time to eat, Dad!
Editing and proofreading tools help us to become better writers by pointing out what we are doing wrong. If you use Microsoft Word, then you already have a head start, because it has a pretty good built-in proofreading feature. However, if you do not use MS-Word or you just want to go the extra mile, you can check out these online resources for editing and proofreading.
This is a pretty neat online resource. You can type in the whole text to check or a part of it as well as add a link to your blog to check if it is readers friendly. You can also add it as a plug-in on your browser, so it even checks your e-mail.
These are horrible words for freelance writers, but as an online tool, After the Deadline is a godsend. You can use it on platforms like OpenOffice.org Writer, Google Chrome, Firefox, bbPress, WordPress, and IntenseDebate. It not only tells you what grammar and spelling mistakes you made, but why. The longer you use it, the better you get as a writer. It is free for personal use.
If you still do not think your work is good enough, or you are struggling to get started, you should check out the blog on Essay Mama. This is an online writing assistance website, where professional writers share their advice and experience. You can get valuable insights, especially if you have an essay that you just have to get right.
If you do not like to mess around with plugins and whatnot, this is the online tool for you. You simply copy-paste the text into the window and it will give you a report on what you did wrong. PaperRater is especially useful when you are doing a research paper, because it checks for originality of the text as well as spelling and grammar. It also asks you for your education level so it can give you word suggestions based on that.
Most writers tend to use the same words all the time. They may not be contextually wrong, but variety is always a good thing. Apart from the usual proofreading tasks, ProWritingAid also analyses overused words. It puts a check on clichés, rambling sentences, and redundancies as well. You need to pay for the Premium version ($35 a year) to get all the features, but the free version works well enough for most writing needs.
Speaking of redundancies, this simple tool will help you identify what words and phrases you overuse. If you know (or have been told) that you have a habit of repeating yourself, then this one is definitely worth checking out. Now, you can be self-aware and know which words you often use and start developing your lexicon.
It seems a strange name for a proofreading tool, but it does spice up your writing! Available as a Google Chrome plugin or MS-Word extension, its most interesting feature is it will give you suggestions on how to rephrase sentences. Predictably called a “sentence rephraser,” it is definitely a handy tool.
It is not yellow as those adorable Despicable Me characters, but you will like it all the same. This online tool has features intriguingly labeled “Adverbinator” and “Germanic.” When you copy-paste your text on the editor, it will instantly give you a report on points for improvement. It is not the most elegant site, but includes interesting features nonetheless.
Hemingway wrote “When people talk, listen completely.” This app seeks to mimic Hemingway’s terse but compelling writing style by keeping long sentences short, simplifying complex ones, and straightening meandering logic. You will be amazed at how your readability will improve if you are one of those stream-of-consciousness writers.
10. Slick Write
Do you have a problem organizing your thoughts? Slick Write can help you by analyzing your text and showing you how your text flows. This will help you arrange your sentences so that it reads better. Oh, and it checks for grammatical mistakes. The interface is simple, so you will not have a problem using it.
Sometimes, you just need a little help to make good work great. However, it takes real dedication to become a great writer. Use these resources to get you there faster.