Writing is hard, even at the best of times. Putting down your thoughts in an orderly and compelling manner can be excruciating, so much so that trying to keep track of grammar, spelling, and other errors (not to mention cliches) can be the straw that broke the camel's back.
Here are thirteen tools you can use to improve your writing.
Edit: This post was updated in June 2019 to remove a couple dead tools and add additional entries.
Grammarly is arguably the best grammar tool available online. This tool typically corrects up to 10 times more mistakes than a regular word processor. Aside from this, Grammarly also checks for plagiarism and other types of errors that may be embedded in your writing. Many high school and college students use the tool to check their essays and term papers for originality. The tool can be used as an extension on Google Chrome browser to scan your input on every website visited. Most importantly, you can access Grammarly without paying a dime.
AutoCrit is targeted mainly towards fiction writers. This tool scans and analyzes every part of your write-up that needs attention. After analyzing, it then suggests ways by which the write-up can be improved in terms of pacing, word choice, dialogue, repetition, momentum and much more. It also gives you a choice to accept or reject a suggestion. You can subscribe for AutoCrit for as little as $5 per month.
SpellChecker specifically allows you to find spelling errors in your content. This tool also comes along with a free grammar checker tool, which allows you to check and correct grammatical errors.
After the Deadline primarily focuses on context. It underlines potential issues in your write-up and offers explanations that can help make your content much better. The tool was created by Automatic, the same company who owns the WordPress blogging platform.
This tool will automatically compare any submitted text to various online sources such as Wikipedia, and identify similarities and copied text.
GrammarCheck enables you to locate all the issues in your write-up. This grammar tool also allows you to write contents directly using its editor. GrammarCheck users either go for the free or paid version. The free version provides enough grammar and spell check on your content.
Language Tool is an open-source grammar tool aimed at writers who write in other languages. This tool is capable of proofreading more than 20 languages.
EditMinion is a robotic copy editor to help you refine your writing by finding common mistakes. Simply paste (or type) your work onto its webpage and it will identify, adverbs, passive voice, duplicate or frequently used words, and sentence length.
If you are a fiction writer, then SmartEdit should be your top choice. This tool helps writers of novels and short stories to highlight all the issues in their drafts, including misspelled words, and repetitiveness. SmartEdit is downloadable as either a standalone version or an MS word extension. Users get at least 20 individual checks on each piece of content.
PaperRater does both grammar and spell check on your write-ups. The software grades your work, checks for plagiarism, and makes suggestions on how you can improve the word usage in your content. You have the choice to either go for the basic (free) or standard plan (at $7.95 per month). The standard plan offers ad-free usage and faster processing of uploads.
Ginger helps you check for punctuation, grammar and spelling errors. It is available in two options – the online version and the software version. The software version is more suitable for long articles.
ProWritingAid aims at improving the readability of write-ups. This tool scans your content for issues like long sentences, poor word usage, repetition, sophisticated writing style, and more. Users of ProWriting Aid either subscribe for the free plan or the premium version ($35 or $40 per year). The free plan allows users to only analyze up to 3,000 words, while there is no word limit in the premium version.
Slick Write is a web-based grammar tool that allows writers like you to edit their write-ups. This tool has a slick setup and lets users toggle between five tabs. The most impressive thing about Slick Write is that it is free, easy to use, and most importantly, free.
Even though having the tools above will help improve your writing, you should note that no grammar tool can replace human intelligence. You will still need the input of a professional proofreader even after using these tools.
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