PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019
by Lisa Lepki, Head of Marketing, ProWritingAid —
Writers, editors, and publishers need a little help sometimes.
(This article is sponsored content brought to you by ProWritingAid.)
Writers, editors, and publishers work with manuscripts for a living. Some manuscripts arrive on editors’ and publishers’ desks in excellent form, but others require some serious work with the red pen. In general, editors love helping their writers develop their ideas, tighten their plots, and create believable characters. What they do not love, however, is when they are forced to spend their time fixing amateur mistakes like passive voice or awkward sentence constructions. Writers should catch these changes when they do their own first edit.
Editors have limited time to spend on drafts, and that time is expensive. Writers who take the time to polish their manuscripts will make their lives easier. And publishers look for the most publishable manuscripts that require the least amount of revision. ProWritingAid is a multi-report tool to help polish your manuscripts. Some of the most popular reports include:
We all know there is a lot more to good writing than just correct grammar. The suggestions in the writing style report are based on techniques you would learn in a university writing course.
These errors flag writers as inexperienced, and they make editors cringe. The report highlights thousands of potential issues, including:
- passive and hidden verbs
- over-reliance on adverbs
- repeated sentence starts
- hedging or vague words
- overly complex wording
- emotional tells
- dialogue tags
- and much more
The Grammar Report is like Microsoft Word’s grammar checker but with super powers. Our team of copy editors have input thousands of specific checks they’ve come across in their years of editing.
For example, they noticed many writers write “adverse” when they actually mean “averse,” so when this comes up, the software will flag it so that the writer can correct it.
Writers should be wary of many words and phrases in the English language that are indicative of poor writing style. Intensifiers like “very,” for example, actually weaken your writing, or hesitant words like “just” or “maybe” make your writing feel unconvincing.
Being a great writer is not about using fancy words—it’s about communicating meaning to your readers. If they have to look up words or decipher your language in any way, they’ll be distracted from your ideas. This report uses the top readability tools out there, including the popular Flesch Reading Ease Score, to analyze your writing and highlight those sentences that will be hard for your reader to understand.
Writers often mistakenly use the same word several times in the span of one paragraph because it’s foremost in their mind. But those repeats can set off an echo in the reader’s mind—that subconscious feeling of “Didn’t he just say that?” This report highlights repeated words and phrases in your document so you can use a more diverse vocabulary.
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