This is a guest post by Brenda Berg, a professional consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs with over 15 years experience in business management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Brenda is passionate about covering topics on career, self-development, e-learning on her blog Letsgoandlearn.com. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success.
What Editing Software Can Teach You about Your Writing
As every writer knows, the practice of writing can be a fulfilling, exciting and amazing pastime, whether practiced as a hobby or as a career. On the other hand, it can also be an incredibly frustrating, difficult and even daunting skill that leaves us pulling our hair out.
We all have our strengths and weaknesses but when it comes to editing our content, but sometimes, we are left feeling stumped. Luckily, especially in the more recent years where technology has flourished and become more accessible than ever, there are countless applications and programs that are out there to help us when we need it most.
Whether you’re trying to figure out how to start off a new piece, trying to find that perfect structure that makes your content stand out or in the process of editing and perfecting your masterpiece, there’s a tool out there that can help you reach your goals. The best thing about these tools? Using them can help give you advice and tips that you can remember for the next time you’re writing, empowering you to improve your skills and better your writing, now and for the future.
To help you kick start the improvements in your writing performance, here is a list of online and offline tools to help you at every stage of your writing assignment, allowing you to be the best you can be.
One of the most essential productivity apps online, constantly appearing in productivity top ten lists for any form of business, Evernote is the most comprehensive list managing app on the market. Whether you’re brainstorming ideas, compiling notes or looking for a secure and easy to use place to store your photos, documents and brainstormed ideas, Evernote is here to ensure all your writing tasks are completed as easy as possible.
This free online app is perfect for budding writers and professionals alike. One of the hardest parts of writing is self-accessing the readability of an assignment you have written. The Hemingway app takes the stress out of this process and can supply you with live feedback to help you make your writing the best it can be.
Not only will the app present you with feedback on your spelling and punctuation, making the editing process a whole lot easier, it will also reward you with readability scores, letting you know which sentences are hard to read and what phrasing you have used that is commonly deemed too difficult to understand by certain audiences. By frequently using this app, you’ll be able to improve your writing style and skills, making your text flow improve and ensuring your content is more available to a wider audience.
A free to join online writer community, Paper Fellows consists of writing students and teachers which are on hand from around the world to give you feedback on your writing. You can upload content, share ideas and communicate to one another, enabling you to pick up tips and advice from some of the best writers in the industry. Taking these tips on board, you’ll be able to professional and effectively edit your texts and content by simplifying your processes and reaching your goals quickly and without stress.
After The Deadline
Another free to use online platform, After The Deadline is extremely similar to the Hemingway App mentioned above but there is a whole lot more focus on the spelling and grammar side to your content. You can write directly into the app or copy and paste any text you have previously written to receive live feedback on your text, ensuring you don’t miss any easy or overlooked mistakes.
The best feature on this app is not only the ability to correct your errors but the fact that the app will also explain why an error is an error. This allows you to learn from your mistakes, ensuring that you improve your writing style for content you may write in the future.
Best Australian Writers
If you’re looking for a professional online writing service you can trust, there’s no better place to look than Best Australian Writers. This comprehensive database has reviewed and constantly updates a vast number of online writing services, allowing you to choose which one best suits your needs.
This allows you to explore all possible services, whether you’re looking for proofreading services, writing services or editing services that can provide you with the essential feedback you need, from professional and experienced writers that allow you to learn from your mistakes and make your future content the best it can be.
As the old saying goes, two pairs of eyes are better than one. Teamwork is one of the best attributes to help you become the best writer you can be. Etherpad is an online platform that allows you to easier collaborate with other writers. The colour-coded system makes it easy for writers to come to together and work on the same pieces of text that can help you pick up on your own mistakes, as well as other people. Take these mistakes on board, as well as the writing styles of others to ensure you develop your skills for any content you plan to write in the future.
UK Top Writers
To conclude our list, online platforms similar to Best Australian Writers. This online service includes detailed reviews and descriptions of writing services based in and around the United Kingdom. Whether you’re looking for feedback on some content you have written, proofreading services or even editing services, you have a vast choice of services to choose from, allowing you to the pick the service that is best suited for you.
By taking on board your received feedback, you’re allowing yourself to develop your writing skills and techniques, allowing you to become a better writing in the long term.
Great post, I haven’t heard of the Hemingway editing program. I use Grammarly and that helps. Thanks also for following my blog. I’ve also liked your FB page. 🙂
Thank you so much, Marsha! I hope you enjoy my posts 🙂
Great information thank you. I couldn’t be without Evernote. 🙂
I had that pre-installed on my tablet, but never managed to get into it. Probably because I just can’t type on the tablet.
Thanks for posting this information. I am sure to be using some of it in the future.
Yay! I’m glad you found it useful 🙂
I wondered who was going to fill Meli’s shoes … erm … paws 🙂
… will check these out.
Lol – it’s a hard act to follow. I thought it best to resume with the normal flow 🙂
Great list, Nicholas. I’m probably going to invest in the Hemingway App sooner rather than later. I’ve played with it and it gives excellent feedback. I just hate the copy/paste aspect of it. I hope someday it will become an app for Word like Grammarly. That would be awesome.
I was just reading this on the Hemingway site:
“Export to Microsoft Word or other editors
Hemingway makes it even easier to work alongside other editors. We’ve added the ability to import text from Word .docx files—no more copying and pasting between programs. When you’re done editing in Hemingway, you can export to text, PDF, or Word.”
It’s a step in the right direction, I guess 🙂
That just makes me nervous, Nicholas. I’m technologically jinxed (honestly), and I just know it would get all screwed up. I’m thinking that copying and pasting a chapter at a time would be safer. 😀
Lol – you’re probably right 😀
Thanks for the list of helps, Nicholas. 🙂 — Suzanne
I’m glad you found it useful 🙂
Great roundup. Thanks to both for sharing it 🙂
Thank you, Sarah 🙂
Thanks, Brenda and Nicholas, for sharing the information on editing tools. I’ve tried Hemingway and it is a useful tool to help identify awkward phrases and the the overuse of passive vs. active voices.
Thanks for sharing that, Linnea 🙂
I use Hemingway and my writing has become more readable.
Thanks for sharing that 🙂
I use the Hemingway App and find it great for finding those complex sentences and overused adjectives and adverbs. It is also better at finding passive used verbs than Word. I’ll look at some of the others. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your experience, Chuck 🙂
A great share, Nicholas.
Thank you, Michelle 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Brenda and Nicholas! 🙂