All good writers know that the story really comes out in the edit. In your first draft you’re hastily bashing the story out as it comes to you, especially if you’re undergoing a challenge like National Novel Writing Month. When you come to edit, that’s when the characters take on a more distinct shape, and the plot really comes together.
It’s difficult to edit alone though, so don’t. Try these twelve tools the next time you have some prose in need of an editor.
1. Ginger: If you’re looking for alternative writing software, this is it. It automatically corrects issues as you’re typing, so you’ll save a huge amount of time in the edit. Plus, you can download it onto your phone or tablet, so you can write on the go.
2. Language Tool: Do you write in languages other than English? Then it may be difficult for you to find proofreading tools that work for you. Luckily, this tool can proofread in over 20 languages. It can cover Polish, French, German, and a whole host of other languages.
3. AutoCrit: This proofreading tool is designed specifically for fiction writers. All you have to do is paste your work in, and it will check for clichés, overused words, and all kinds of issues that can sink your story.
4. Boom editing: Getting everything edited yourself isn’t easy. Plus, you’ll often miss mistakes in your own work as you’re so familiar with it. Rather than going it alone, try sending it to this writing service. They’ll do the editing for you, based on your specifications. That way, you know nothing will be overlooked.
5. Hemingway Editor: If you want to find out where you keep tripping up in your writing, use this tool. You paste your writing in, and it gives you instant feedback. It’ll even highlight different kinds of errors in different colours, so you can see where you’re having the most trouble. Then, you’ll be able to work on what your weaknesses are.
6. Pro Writing Aid: This proofreading tool has a lot of different options, depending on which version you use. If you want to save cash, the free version let you proofread and edit your text online. Go Premium and you can use the tool right in your text editor of choice, with interactive editing. Go the whole hog with Premium + and you’ll get a plagiarism checker, too.
7. After The Deadline: If you publish your writing online, this proofreading tool could be the one for you. It offers plug ins for a variety of platforms, including WordPress. You can use it to check what you’re publishing before it goes live.
8. Assignment writer: It’s tough to proofread your own work. You’re protective of it. After all, everyone’s writing is personal to them. You can give it to a friend to proofread, but maybe you don’t feel comfortable letting them read your manuscript yet. This writing service is the best answer. You can send it to them without worrying about their opinion of the content. They’ll proofread it to you, and send it back with all the technical errors edited for you.
9. Smart Edit: This is designed just for writers, as a first pass editing tool for their work. It sits Microsoft Word and helps find better phrases and structure where you need it the most. As they say, it doesn’t replace a human editor but it can shoulder a lot of the work for you.
10. Pen Flip: Are you collaborating on a book? Then this tool will be for you. You can work together in real time to write and edit your story. No one has to download the program, all you have to do is share a link with everybody involved.
11. Custom writing: There’s lots of third party services that will edit your work for you, but obviously you’re hesitant about just handing your manuscript over. This service offers another way of getting the job done. They offer an online editing consultancy service. You’ll be matched with an editor, and together you’ll work online, identifying what needs to be fixed and editing as you go along. It’s a great way to work with an expert and keep control over your writing.
12. Edit Minion: This proofreading tool can pick up on several ways your writing could be considered weak. For example, you can ask it to find every time you write ‘said’, weak words, or clichés. You can even ask it to find all words originated by Shakespeare, if you’re up for a little fun.
Try these tools out the next time you need to proofread your fiction. You’ll get a lot done, faster, meaning you’ll have more time for the fun parts of writing.
What’s your favorite on-line editing tool?
Gloria Kopp is a web content writer and an elearning consultant from Manville city. She graduated from University of Wyoming and started a career of a creative writer. She has recently launched her Studydemic educational website and is currently working as a freelance writer and editor.
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