3 Simple #Writing Tools for #Editing

Editing is the basis of all writing, because… yes you guessed it –

All Writing is Rewriting

So anything to make the editing process a little smoother right?

Here are 3 of my favorite sweet and simple writing tools, which I use all the time.

I hope you enjoy them.

A: Grammarly

Rule #1 during arguments

Rule #1 during arguments (Photo credit: Global X)

Grammarly, as the name suggests is a instant Grammar checker and can

  • Instantly find and correct over 250 types of grammatical mistakes
  • Context-optimized vocabulary suggestions -Improve word choice with context-optimized vocabulary suggestions
  • Plagiarism detector -Avoid plagiarism by checking your texts against over 8 billion web pages

There is a monthly fee for the grammarly program to get the full works, but there is also Grammarly Lite which is free-Yeah!!

check it out at http://www.grammarly.com


B: Simple Note

Simplenote is an app which is perfect for taking notes, writing on the fly. And because it syncs with all your devices, then you can reach your notes anywhere. You can organizing your notes with tags, but there is nothing fancy about it. In fact no formatting allowed! However, it’s also a perfect adjunct to Scrivener until Scrivener comes up with an iPad app (hopefully in late 2014) Sections of your larger text on Scrivener can be sent to Simplenote, edited and seamlessly compiled back into your larger doc. complete with edits.


C: Pro-Writing Aid


C (Photo credit: april-mo)

  • Online grammar and spelling 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;
  • Analysis of sentiment, alliteration, and writing time-line.


The one I’ve found to be incredibly useful is checking overused words. Whoa! Do I really repeat myself that much? The report tells you how many times you’ve used a word, makes a recommendation as to how many recurrences to take out. It highlights the text, and makes it real easy to track the edits you make. For premium customers for either Windows or Mac there is WordPress integration. For Windows (Grrr, not for Mac) there is an integration of Word.



Do you use these tools, or have equivalent ones you feel work better? What are your 3 favorite writing tools? 

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  1. I have heard of grammarly but not the other two. I have grown to like Onenote as my note taking app. At this point I have quite a few notebooks set up with assorted information. For me it is so much better than apps like Evernote.
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    • I must give try Onenote as well. I got tired of Evernote – it’s great in lots of ways, but in the end i found i was accumulating so much information, I decided to go back to simple. I use Notes that is part of the Mac OS which is v. handy for cross-platform jotting, but not for real writing.
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  2. I have not heard of Pr-Writing Aid but will be checking it out – it sounds like just the thing I need. Thanks for the information.

  3. I have heard of Grammarly. I really like the idea of Pro-Writing Aid. I can see where this would come in handy when optimizing my website. Google punishes your site if you over use words as they consider it keyword stuffing. Thank you for sharing..
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  4. I’ve ever heard of any of them, but being a spelling bee champ and self-appointed grammar queen, I am so careful about how I write and proofread twice. I love the first photo. Perfect! Good tools to share with us. Thanks!
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    • You’re welcome Laurie. My spelling used to be excellent , but because I’ve lived for long periods between the UK & US, then I can mix things up very easily. Fortunately I don’t do the same while driving!! But I think as I’ve become older a little dyslexia has come into play. Sounds you’ve got everything covered. Well done:-)
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  5. Never heard of any of those writing tools, but then again I am new on the writing scene. I just use my old program ms word (and it is obsolete by today’s standard -2000 – lol) They all sound like they would help. I am sure Pro Writing, Grammarly, and Simple note would probably save me time from reading my posts a billion times 🙂 I will certainly check them out!
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    • I can relate to that Sandy. I think for on the fly editing, Grammerly is great as it prompts you to change the words, but if you want an actual analysis of your work, for example are you repeating yourself etc, then I choose Pro-writing Aid. Word just doesn’t cut it anymore, especially if you write a lot. Thanks so much for stopping by:-)
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  6. The only one I’ve heard of, and have used, is Grammarly Lite. Valuable to read your take on Evernote which I am only just starting with. Pro-writing sounds like it is worth a look/see. Thanks so much AK.
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    • I loved Evernote for ages, but now, like Jon, I just keep things in different places. Scrivener has changed that too e.g. If I find an article online I want for research on a novel then I’ll paste it into the research section of the novel project. And the same with blogging – I have a blogging project in Scrivener , so ideas, information etc all go in the research section of blogging in Scrivener. I think that rather than Simple Note & the other two have changed how I organize my info. Thanks so much for your comment Pat.
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  7. Great tools…I have used Gammerly and please don’t laugh..I still write notes by hand!!!! I’m just getting into Scrivener and look forward to using that as a writing tool. And believe it or not, I still refer very often to an old do eared copy of Renni Browne’s “Self-Editing For the Fiction Writer.” I’m going to check out Pro-writing. Thanks for the tip 🙂
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    • Oh I’m not laughing Jacquie. In a big believer in writing things by hand. I’ll take a hand marked manuscript over track changes any day, tho of course it has it’s place. But I believe it’s a proven fact that the eye catches more mistakes on a printed pad than a screen.
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  8. I have yet to give Grammarly a whirl but am super-curious to see how it stacks up. There are times I will spend a big chunk of time pouring through CMS for guidance, so maybe Grammarly could help with the more obvious bits. I just started using OneNote and I really like it. Even though I’m all about tech in so many ways, I have been a dinosaur about breaking free from my notepads for brainstorms and random lists. Now I can access that stuff via laptop, iPad, or iPhone. The Pro-Writing Aid sounds a bit like a new app I came across a while back called Hemingway.
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    • ProAid is v. similar to Hemingway but I found it to be both more thorough & user friendly than H. You’ll have to let me know what CMS is sometime. I’m a hand note taker too, tho much less than I used to be. But me and my moleskin are still big buddies. Must try Onenote now both you & Jon have mentioned it.
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  9. I have heard of Grammarly but don’t recall the others. This time I actually went and took a look at all of them. I have been driving myself crazy with silly mistakes. I had no idea that these tools were so easy to use or that they were free or had free elements. Essentially I’ve been torturing myself for nothing! 🙂 I will be trying them out immediately. Thanks for the tips.
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  10. Hi A. K. I don’t use any of th tools you mentioned. I know I should, but quite frankly I just don’t look forward to learning how to use them with my screen reader. I find that I catch a lot of mistakes by listening to my documents before publishing them. I find this especially helpful for finding those over used words you mentioned. thanks for sharing your time tested resources. Take care, Max
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  11. I hadn’t heard of any of the tools you mentioned before. I will definitely look at them and add them to my arsenal. Thanks a lot. Happy writing!
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  12. Hi A.K. I’ve found that most of the tools pale into comparison beside Stylewriter. I believe it’s the best writer self-editing tool available. (I even wrote about how to use it as part of a thorough self-editing process in an article on my web – this is the link: http://www.ericjgates.com/TipsTricksSelfie.html ). It is a little expensive, but I’ve not found any other product, and I’ve tried many, that can beat it. The only gripe I have is that their website is tailored more to non-fiction writing than to novelists, which can be a little off-putting initially, yet I assure you, once you select Fiction in the style menu, the software does an outstanding job. So as not to pepper this comment with URLs, there’s a link in the aforementioned article. Cheers, Eric.

  13. Hello Andrew,
    I never heard about Simple note and pro-writing aid. I am noting down these names! Thank you for the help!
    have a great week!
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  14. Hi and thanks for the helpful tips. Great advice! 🙂

  15. I’ll have to try the one for finding overused words. I’m guilty of that.

  16. Hi A.K. All 3 look like useful tools. One of my challenges is that my UK and Canadian readers use different spellings and in some cases grammar than American readers. One group or another is always going to find my usage incorrect so I try to balance it out by offending each equally. I do struggle a little with duplicating the same word, especially when none of the similes carry exactly the same nuance so I sometimes rewrite entirely to accommodate that.
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    • I have the same trouble having lived for long periods in both the UK & US, so basically at this point it anyone’s guess how I’m going to spell that day. It’s hard not to duplicate words, but I’ve found that a particularly good feature to follow up on. Really helps tighten the writing.
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  17. Thanks, A. K. for these resources. A couple of years ago I paid $3000 to an editor for one of my novels. She was very helpful, but if I could get the grammar to as near perfect as possible before turning it over to an editor, then the editor could just look at things like plot line and structure and the cost would be a lot less.

    • You’re welcome Kathleen. Certainly we will always need a copy editor however much we do it ourselves, but Grammarly and Pro-Writing Aid are definitely both a step up from Word, which just misses so many things, and gives incorrect advice. So anything to get that hefty bill down to a reasonable amount. Do let me know when you start blogging again BTW. Thanks so much for stopping by:-)
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  18. I love ProWritingAid! Such a time saver. I haven’t checked out the others but I’m on my way now. Thanks for sharing!
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  19. Oh yes, I am a big fan of Grammarly! Thanks for sharing your tips here.
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  20. I use Grammarly also. But think that Pro-Writing Aid would be very helpful especially with the consistency of spelling and hyphenation and checking for overused words.
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  21. The last one was new to me. It does look interesting. I love Evernote and can’t imagine working without it.
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    • I was really hooked on evernote for a long time, but it was SO easy that I just ended up piling way too much info in there, so I stepped back for a while. Pro-writing aid, is particularly good for long pieces of text. Hope you find it useful. Thanks so much for stopping by:-)
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  22. Hello A.K.Andrew

    Wow . I have not came across any of them still and had no Idea about all three writing tools. This was exactly what I was looking for. I will check all of them.

    Thank you for such a nice share. I always struggle with my grammar. I am sick of it from high school.
    I hope this time I will make little bit less mistakes by using these tools.
    I am sorry I can not like your comment in last week till 13 April as the thread is close and can not have my roll call. Sorry for being late.

    • I think we all got sick of grammar at school as it’s often taught in a very dull way. But definitely even the best writer cannot always see their own mistakes, so it’s nice to have a couple of free tools on hand. I will look into the closed comments. They should not be closed yet. So sorry about that. Thank you for your comment here. 🙂
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  23. You amaze me, A.K. You know about to many useful writer’s apps and programs. I don’t use any! The Pro-Writing Aid one sounds useful, but I’m a Mac user, so I guess will have to wait?

    I do intend to eventually get myself using Scrivener based on your recommendation, but as I’m not in writing mode right now, I’ve been putting it off. I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to embracing new technology.
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  24. Hi Doreen, so glad these were of help. I too am a Mac user, so you can def. use Pro-writing Aid, you just need to drop the text in to have it analysed rather than it being integral in a Word document. So def. give it a whirl.
    Know what u mean about the procratination. But it took me 6 months to actually getting round to taking the time to learn the basics of Scrivener. Let me know when you do – there may be the odd part I could help you on. I’m certainly no expert though:-)
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  25. I am familiar with Grammarly but not the other 2. It sound like Simple Note is a bit like EverNote. Once it’s there it’s everywhere you need it. The last tool sounds like a real winner when it comes to overused words.
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    • Simple note is not like Evernote. It’s really just a place to keep all your notes in one place. And also as I mentioned, if you do use Scrivener, it can act as a landing place for text that needs to be edited on your iPad. Yes you’re right, Pro-writing Aid is great for overused words. Thanks for the comment Cheryl:-)
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  26. Hi A.K. and thanks for sharing these tools! Out of the three, I used Simplenote but found it too basic for my needs. Evernote actually works best for me and I’ve used it for as long as I can remember for saving ideas, info, etc.

    You’ve probably heard of newer editing apps like Hemingway (http://www.hemingwayapp.com) and Draft (http://draftapp.com/), which is a minimalist web-based writing app that offers professional editing services for an affordable price. I’ve yet to try Draft’s editing service, but you can add this to your existing list for the benefit of your readers.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Stephanie. I know what you mean about Simplenote, and in fact since this post, someone suggested Textilus, which I’ve found to be very good, and has a few bells and whistles that Simplenote does not have. Simplenote is still v. good for the seamless ipad edit re: Scrivener – not sure if you use that, but I wouldn’t be without it. Evernote is good too though I found I was keeping so much online info I had to stop myself – silly I know. I didn’t take to Hemingway, but thanks for recommending Draft – had not heard of that one , so will check it out. Thank youfor your comment. Very helpful:-)
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