I have been researching software writing (as I discuss here: Software for Writing). Apart from the packages discussed in that post I checked other options – these include web tools and Word add-ons.
I recommend Pro Writing Aid as an essential part of any writer’s collection of tools. I explain why below…
What is Pro Writing Aid?
Pro Writing Aid (PWA) is a free piece of software that analyses text pasted into a web page. It produces a set of reports and highlights areas of text that might need rewriting. I used it on a few short test pieces and more than 80% of its suggestions have been useful.
There is a WordPress plug-in available that allows bloggers to automatically paste their posts into PWA which leaves no reason to not use it!
A premium version is available as a Word add-on or a WordPress plug-in; both will analyse your text inside your writing environment.
What does it do?
PWA performs a range of checks including:
- Grammar and spelling
- Overused / obscure words
- Repeated words or phrases
- Sentence length
- Sentiment, alliteration.
It even creates a word cloud out of your text, if that’s what you want!
There is no excuse to ignore this easy to use, free package. The paid for version has banded pricing available (in USD):
- 1 year: $35
- 2 year: $55
- 3 year: $75
- Lifetime: $120.
I will consider investing in a 1 year licence and reconsider subsequently.
I’d be interested to read the thoughts of others on this or similar products. Please do let me know.