Do you use a program like Grammarly or ProWritingAid to help you edit?
Grammarly and ProwritingAid
Below is a screenshot of my current work in progress inside of Grammarly. I have Grammarly as an extension inside of Microsoft Word. Typically, when I am working, I will make corrects after I have completed, a particular section. If you look closely, you can see that Grammarly has placed the errors that it found in Red and its suggested corrections in Green. If a word is misspelled, Grammarly will say “probably confused word” and offer a suggestion. You can add words to Grammarly's dictionary if the spelling is correct and the program does not recognize it. Grammarly can also help you determine verb tense and verb usage in your writing. I like Grammarly a lot and use it with my writing, whether it’s an email or writing a book. Give it a try.
ProwritingAid is the other grammar resource that I currently use. I have been using it to get my sentences shorter and to the point. This resource has helped me as a writer, write the way I enjoy reading. I have learned to cut out unneeded dialogue, descriptions, and so on.
From this section ProwritingAid let me know that I had (8) grammar issues and (2) misspelled words in my work.
It also gave me feedback on my Vocabulary, whether or not it was readable, and the clarity of my writing. Grammarly does have something similar.
I could go on and on about each of these programs and why I love them for my books. However, I think that anyone interested in them, should try them out and draw your own conclusion. I don’t think that anyone will be disappointed with either of these programs. Each has a free version, as well as a paid version. Each gives you a detailed report on your work.
Just like anything we use to make our jobs easier. These programs are not to replace your editor or a set of human eyes. I use them to make myself and my writing better, and I still use an editor. I hope this brief Talk Session has/will help you out on your own journey.
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What do you use to edit your work?
Kim L. Walton, Indie Writer, Self-Published Author of 3 books
Founder of Southside Book and Writers Club, Richmond Virginia