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Top Editing and Proofreading Tools for Creative Writers

Welcome to Robert Harris! Today Robert is sharing with us some tools that we as writers can use to spiff up our writing skills. Enjoy!

Robert MorrisAfter hours and days spent in research, thinking, organizing, and writing, you are proud with the creative content you came up with. The last thing you would like to think about is the editing stage, which requires diligent work and more time spent in front of the computer. Nevertheless, you can never publish a draft version.

Instead of praising you for the awesome ideas you present, your readers notice the logical gaps, misspellings and style flaws in your articles, blog posts and short stories. You can prevent that from happening when you rely on these editing tools!

Aviary – So you’ve written a great post and made sure to edit it to perfection? Now, all you need is a great image that will convey its essence and preserve the reader’s attention. Aviary is a great online image editing tool that will help you add some flair to the images you intend to use.

NinjaEssays – Even though you do your best to edit the creative content to perfection, sometimes you need a real editor to clean up the mess. At custom writing service NinjaEssays, you can rely on affordable editing services that result with ultimate quality. You can collaborate with your editor and explain what you expect from the final result.

LooseStitch – If you prepare yourself well before you start writing the content, the editing part will be much simpler. LooseStitch enables you to create an outline, brainstorm ideas, and get feedback by collaborating with other users. You can assign tasks to collaborators and track the changes across different documents.

AutoCrit – This is an instant manuscript editing software for fiction writers. You can try how it works for free; all you need to do is paste the text in the box and hit the button to get a report on clichés, redundancies, and other problems commonly found in early drafts. If you like how the tool works, you can upgrade to Gold, Platinum or Professional membership.

ProWritingAid – Your usual word processor tells you what you could improve, but ProWritingAid makes actual suggestions that would make the content better. You can use the tool to generate a detailed analysis on sentence length, paragraph structure, clichés, overused words, plagiarism, consistency, and more.

Editorial Calendar – If you are a blogger, then this tool is absolutely necessary for you. The Editorial Calendar enables you to organize your posts and manage the publishing schedule through a simple drag-and-drop feature. When you have a clean overview, you will use your time more productively and plan enough time for the editing process before publication.

Hemingway – Your creative ideas can easily result with cluttered content that’s difficult for a reader to understand. Hemingway Editor will help you make it more understandable by suggesting which sentences you can split and shorten. In addition, the app will highlight adverbs, long words, and passive voice.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus – Automated tools can help you locate repetitive words and clichés, but what do you do when you identify them? This tool will help you find synonyms that will make your vocabulary more captivating.

Google Docs – Google Docs provides you with all writing and editing tools you need. You can use the flexible app to create your content and add images, charts, and other visual content. In addition, you can share the documents with other users and ask for their assistance during the editing stage.

Hootsuite – Every creative writer needs a solid base of Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ followers. That’s important not only for your popularity, but for the sake of proper editing as well. The comments under your posts on social media will help you understand what your readers expect. Be open for criticism and improve your style to make your audience happy.

Although the editing part of your job cannot be as fun as writing, that doesn’t mean you can skip it. Simply rely on the tools listed above to make the editing process less challenging.

 

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Bio: Robert Morris is freelance writer from NYC. Loves writing, elearning and travelling. Follow him on Google+!

 

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6 Responses to “Top Editing and Proofreading Tools for Creative Writers”

  1. Morning Robert!

    I’ve used AutoCrit many times…always amazed at the stuff it finds! And we use Google Docs here almost every single day – it’s a great program for when you’re working with several people who all need to be on the same page..

    Thanks Robert!

    carrie

    Posted by Carrie Spencer | March 24, 2015, 9:05 am
  2. Hi Robert,

    Like Carrie, I’ve used AutoCrit before, but I’ve never heard of most of these sites. I spend a lot of time reworking sentences.

    I’m printing this post. Going to check out Hemingway right now.

    Thanks for compiling such a useful list!

    Posted by Jennifer Tanner | March 24, 2015, 3:14 pm
  3. Hi Robert,
    I love Auto Crit. It’s made my editing life easier, but I’m excited about some of these other editing sites mentioned too.

    I would like to mention that Auto Crit has small courses they sell extra that are truly amazing. Their Dialogue course was fantastic.

    Thank you,

    Cindy

    Posted by CindyMaday | March 27, 2015, 8:30 am
  4. This is a great list of resources. Thanks so much. I’ve bookmarked it, and I probably will print it off, as well.

    Posted by Elizabeth Varadan | April 20, 2015, 10:01 am
  5. Some great tips here, thanks! I use Hemingway all the time. The lovely Leona Hinton just wrote a guest post on my blog you might find equally helpful: 10 Power Tools to Make You an Editing Wizard (http://goo.gl/6tUu5s). Thanks!

    Posted by Cate Hogan | March 23, 2016, 10:49 pm

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