Hello again! Saturday is here, which means it’s time for another blog post! Before I begin, I will say this week may be shorter than usual, because I’ve been on vacation! Let me tell you now – I needed a break. The escape from reality came as a welcome relief. Yet, I still finished some writing! Those of you who tuned in last week know I’ve given myself a deadline with my novel. I set myself a minimum requirement of 700 words a day (not as crazy as NaNoWriMo) and I am plodding along. Draft 2 of my novel will be ready on time!
In my endeavours this week, I discovered a tool called ProWritingAid. I’m enjoying using it so much, I thought I would share it with you today! Let’s discuss!
What is ProWritingAid?
ProWritingAid is an application for Windows and Mac (with a web editor too), that sells itself as being your personal writing coach. It is like Grammarly and Hemingway Editor, but more catered toward novelists instead of article writing. I downloaded the 14-day free trial and my writing now shines. ProWritingAid picks up on little things, such as missing punctuation, incorrect grammar use and passive voice. It also goes that extra mile and suggests stronger adjectives if there is room for any. There’s a built-in thesaurus, the ability to study overused words and phrases, and the tool can even point out cliches in your text or dialogue. Also, you can compare these to the averages shown in published text! You can see, for example, if your writing has an insane amount of adverbs compared to what agents accept. ProWritingAid is comprehensive and by far, my favourite writing assistant tool.
How does ProWritingAid help?
I established before the uses of ProWritingAid, but how does it help your writing? The tool doesn’t make a writer out of you. Only words on paper can do that! Yet I find it’s a great tool to challenge your work. Don’t rely on it. If you do, if you make every change suggested, then your work will lose value. Remember, ProWritingAid is an AI and isn’t always correct. However, if you challenge your work, then you can pick up on small things that will then lead you to saying:
“I can do this a little better.”
In other words, don’t let ProWritingAid hold your hand and lead you to water, allow it to point you in the right direction.
That’s all I have to say on ProWritingAid today! We didn’t go too in depth, however, check out the website HERE for a more thorough look and give ProWritingAid a go yourself! Remember, even though the best help comes from a real beta reader, or editor, we can still get a little help on the way!
Thanks for reading this weekly blog post and apologies again that this instalment is shorter than usual. I am focusing on my novel right now and I’ve been on vacation! There haven’t been too many fresh developments this week. Though thanks for tuning in as usual and be sure to subscribe to my email, check out ProWritingAid, and check back next week for more!