Why use an online editing tool?
A number of reasons come to mind an editing tool for writing. The main one being that a writer should not edit their own manuscript.
Why is that?
Our text is our baby; subconsciously everything about it is perfect. The writer’s task is creative, not editorial. Editing is counter-intuitive to imaginative expression.
We’re not objective when reviewing our own work. It’s been said that when a writer edits their own text, they see, not what exists, but what they believe exists. What is plain, concise and accurate to us, may not be to others.
Hiring a good editor can be a costly affair. The more work required, the more expensive it becomes. Ideally you’ll give your editor a manuscript as polished as you can achieve. That’s where a quality editing tool for writers comes into play. Having one available online or as a plugin to your word processor is a bonus. The software should be capable of offering as close to human editing as possible and have the capacity to look for more than typos and grammar errors.
My experience as a copy-editor/proofreader is that when my clients do a thorough job before sending me their project, my task is much simpler and thus quicker and less costly.
I don’t claim to have used every online editing tool for writers that are available. The one I use, Pro Writing Aid Editing Tool, was recommended by an author friend so I gave it a try. I began by using the free, online version on a number of documents, and then purchased the pro version and now use it as a plugin to Word.
Features of Pro Writing Aid include:
- Online grammar and spelling checker;
- Online plagiarism checker;
- Improve readability;
- Find overused words;
- Improve dull paragraph structure;
- Find repeated words and phrases;
- Check for consistency of spelling, hyphenation, and capitalization;
- Eliminate clichés and redundancies;
- Create a word cloud of your text;
- Eliminate vague, abstract, and complex words from your writing.
After months of use, I confidently recommend Pro Writing Aid Editing Tool as a free effective online editing tool for writers. Even more, I suggest trying it out, and if you like it as much as I do, buy the pro version and use it as a Word plugin*.
* A caveat to using Pro Writing Aid with Word: Make a copy of your manuscript to use when retrieving your editing report(s) as Word will remove the word count in the status bar when the information is created. It seems to be a problem with Word. To get it back I close any open documents in Word and restart the program
Disclosure: Should you decide to purchase the pro version, it’d be great if you came back here and use the link provided as I am also an affiliate.
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