Day 5: #atozchallenge
One of the most annoying, time-consuming and necessary aspects of writing is editing.
For me, after writing a piece, I find it difficult to spot all the things I might need to revise or eliminate.
Because I can’t afford to hire an editor for every short story or chapter I write, I use editing tools available to me via software downloads.
Each tool has pros and cons, and it’s worth repeating, no software can take the place of a good pair of editing eyes, but it’s a start and a good resource to have at your fingertips.
My top 7 Free Editing Tools
- Hemingway App – assesses the number of adverbs, complex words, passive voice, and readability.
- ProWritingAid – provides analysis, identifies overused words, sentence length, redundancies, clichés, plagiarism, consistency, and writing style.
- EditMinion – one of my favorite, uncomplicated tools. It checks for weak and overused words, passive voice, adverbs/prepositions, homonyms, and more.
- Word & Phrase Frequency Counter: This tool does exactly what it says, counts the number of time you use a word or phrase.
- Readability Score – indicates reading ease, grade level, text statistics, and keyword density.
- Cliché Finder – afraid you might have used a cliché or two? Identify them with this handy tool.
- The Writer’s Diet – Is your writing flabby or lean? This simple, automated feedback tool provides a quick look at some of the sentence-level grammatical issues which weigh writing down.
My top 3 Paid Editing Tools
- Grammarly – Enhances clarity and meaning, identifies most writing errors, vocabulary enhancer, contextual spelling checker, and offers a Safari extension. A little pricey for the premium plan @ $139.95/yr. – a monthly and quarterly plan is also available ranging from 29.95/mo. – $59.95/quarterly.
- Ginger – Basic- $ 61.20/yr. – Offers a browser extension, unlimited grammar checker, translations, and definitions. An upgrade to $111/yr. will give you sentence rephrasing, analysis of mistakes, text reader and more. The software is available on a month-to-month basis ranging from $8.30 -$14.60/month.
- AutoCrit – An online manuscript editing tool specifically for fiction writers. Ranging from $60 – $144/yr. This tool provides analysis in 25 areas in your work, highlights key elements, fiction style errors, repetition, pacing, word choice, and a comparison of your manuscript to published fiction.
There you have it, my favorite editing tools. Although it will never replace a good set of eyes, any one of these will make the process of editing easier, faster, and smoother.