6 Best Self-Editing Online Tools
Ask any writer, and they will tell you that the path to an error free article is a long and bumpy road filled with continuous spellchecks, blurry-eyed proof-reading and sneaky little mistakes going unnoticed until the very last minute. It can be tough work to get an article in tip-top shape.
Luckily, various tools on the market allow you to self-edit while completing a piece, making your life a lot easier! Whether you are a student that needs a pitch-perfect essay or you are a blogger that needs to write sharp, engaging and most importantly error free articles, we have you covered.
In this article, you will see six of the best self-editing online tools that are perfect for writers when your work needs a fresh pair of eyes.
One of the most popular self-editing online tools available today is Grammarly. One of the reasons Grammarly is so popular is because it goes over your work with a fine tooth-comb, often finding errors that other tools can’t find, and is even superior to the spellchecker on Microsoft Word.
Simply copy and paste your text into the Grammarly editor, and it will flag up any mistakes, give you alternative sentence structures as well as giving you explanations on how to avoid certain mistakes next time around. It’s not free, but the benefits Grammarly provides make it a worthwhile purchase.
- The Hemingway App
The beauty of Ernest Hemingway’s writing was how he could convey some of the most complex ideas and emotions with some of the most straightforward and simple sentences. It makes sense then that the Hemingway app takes his name, as it helps to make your writing clear and sharp.
As well as fixing grammatical errors, the Hemingway app gives you suggestions for simplifying sentences, making your articles and essays easier to read.
AutoCrit is the ultimate online self-editing tool for fiction writers. It allows the author to upload their work and analogies areas for improvement including pacing and story structure, as well as grammar and spelling.
No self-editing tool does the same thing as AutoCrit which is why it is so sought after. So, if you are a writer of fiction, this is the perfect tool for you to whip your manuscript into shape.
WordRake is a self-editing tool that cuts out unnecessary words or repeated phrases that reoccur in your writing. It’s a great tool for bloggers and creative writers who have to write long articles on one particular subject. WordRake stops you from beating around the bush and makes your writing a lot more engaging.
Similar to AutoCrit, ProWritingAid probes your work and provides reports on areas such as overused words, writing style, sentence length, grammar and repeated words and phrases. One of the perks is that it is free (with a premium membership option for $40 per year).
PaperRater is a self-editing tool that students need in their lives. While it does the usual spellchecks and keeps your grammar to high standards, the reason PaperRater is unique is that it analyses your work and gives a final score on the basis of your writing. This will allow you to have a better idea of what grade your paper is at during the editing stage. Pretty impressive.
And there you have it! No longer will you have to suffer those endless nights of never ending proofreading. As you have seen above, there are some excellent online tools that you can use to take the pressure off a little bit and allow you to focus on what you do best – writing your best work.
Kate Thora is a Senior Content Specialist for Uphours, an online resource with information about businesses worldwide. Her artistic soul manifests itself also in her love for singing and dancing, especially to traditional Indian music. Follow her on Twitter @katethora1