Why You Should Use an Online Editing Programme to Improve Your Writing

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 11th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3yy8fo-4/
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No matter how experienced a writer is, careless writing can always sneak onto the page. Try using an online editing programme for feedback on how to improve the quality of your work.

Aim to Produce Your Best Writing

Whether we write shorter pieces online or longer pieces such as novels, essays or articles intended for hopeful publication, we should aim to always produce our best writing. Sometimes we are too close to our own work and can experience satisfaction with a piece without trying to reach a higher standard. By using an online editor we can be alerted to faults in our writing and ways we can improve the quality before publication.
The main reason I use an online editor is to sharpen up my writing and improve the quality. Sometimes online writing makes me a lazy writer, producing something in a short time can encourage bad habits. When I start working on a longer piece of more serious writing I’m often stunned at how much the work can be improved by proper editing.

Use an Online Editor or Proofreading Programme

Editing programmes can be found by searching for the keywords online editor or proofreading. They vary in ability and performance. The programme I use has served me well for many years. Some editing programmes offer a free service, some offer a limited free service with increased functions for the price of a small fee and others offer a pay for service only.
I pay a small annual amount for increased functions on the programme I use as I work my way through my longer writing projects.

A Variety of Editing Functions

Online editors offer a variety of functions. The ones I choose to use most are designed for increasing the strength of writing, such as the ever present problems of showing and not telling, as well as avoiding writing in the passive voice. I also seem to need help with eliminating redundant words, the use of the word ‘that’ being my most consistent problem.
Other features advise on the overuse of words, repetitive sentence beginnings, advice on pace and momentum and word choice. Cliches are identified, enabling you to write something more original and another section helps with editing dialogue.

Aim to Improve Your Work

No matter whether we produce writing intended for print publication or shorter pieces for online, we should all aim at consistently publishing our best work. Our online writing show cases our skills as a writer, I’m sure, like me, you want to always be seen at your best.
If you’re serious about improving your writing, why not experiment with using an online writing editor programme. You may be surprised at the possibilities offered for improving your work.

Other writing tips from Val Mills:

One Rat, One Cat and Lots of Writing Ideas
Achieve Your Writing Goal in Manageable Chunks
In Search of Good Sentences
Thoughts on Writing Memoir

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writingyourstories.wordpress.com and http://downatthebaths.blogspot.co.nz/

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author avatar LifeisGood
12th Jan 2015 (#)

nice post...excellent advice...val

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author avatar C.S. McClellan
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Excellent article. Personally, I've never found editing programs very useful, but depending on the kind of writing, they can help most people when there's no beta reader or editor to turn to.

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author avatar Ptrikha
12th Jan 2015 (#)

I saw you were once quite active on Bubblews, and now contributing here handsomely. Could you share some such good Online editing programs? Great tips overall :)

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author avatar Val Mills
12th Jan 2015 (#)

The one I use is called Auto Frit Wizard, I wasn't sure if I was allowed to name it in the article body.

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author avatar Carol Roach
12th Jan 2015 (#)

which online editors do you use?

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author avatar Val Mills
12th Jan 2015 (#)

I use Auto Frit Wizard Carol

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Do you mean Autocrit Wizard?

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author avatar Harris Mungai
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you very much for that article,could you kindly share with us some tips on how to go about it.

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author avatar Val Mills
12th Jan 2015 (#)

If you access a programme like Auto Frit Wizard, the programme guides you through the different things you van do.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks for the tips and advice, Val. I have not used any yet - siva

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author avatar Val Mills
12th Jan 2015 (#)

If you find a programme such as Auto Frit Wizard, it guises you through the things you can do.

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author avatar GenkiWorld
12th Jan 2015 (#)

for my e-books i always make sue to use online editing programs as well s good editors and proof readers to make sure nothing went unnoticed.

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author avatar Val Mills
12th Jan 2015 (#)

I'd love to learn more about your e-book writing GenkiWorld

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author avatar M G Singh
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Good advice

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
13th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks for the great tips. I'm going to check it out. I've never used anything like this before. I've been writing for years and I love getting new ideas to help me publish the best articles.

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author avatar spirited
15th Jan 2015 (#)

These type of programs can certainly be used to check over our work, but I feel we shouldn't overly rely on them either.

We must keep our own uniqueness of the style of our own writing too I feel.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
15th Jan 2015 (#)

Val, I decided to take a look at this and did a little experimentation this week with on-line readability programs. There are some writers that definitely need to run everything they write past these, because they will then improve in leaps and bounds.

Yet one concern that I have with all such software, which is how they view long sentences. I have taken a course called "Building Great Sentences" by Professor Brooks Landon and one thing is clear to me, the most powerful tool we have as writers is in using the sentences we build. When we do this we have choices and can build them long or small, yet the use of long sentences can be very powerful indeed yet most readability programs wrongly criticise the use of long sentences.

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author avatar Val Mills
15th Jan 2015 (#)

Interesting Peter. I have never chosen to check my sentences, simply whether my writing is coming across as strong and not passive. The programme I use also means they are suggestions and I do ignore some of them. I guess I'm experienced enough to know if my writing sounds right to me and a potential reader.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
15th Jan 2015 (#)

Didn't get many passive sentences a few passive words, which were easily fixed. I think you also need to develop a tough skin when looking at the comments

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Jan 2015 (#)

Peter, do you think that one of these programs could help me? I've been thinking about this and I just don't know. I value your opinion.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
15th Jan 2015 (#)

Nancy, I would give https://prowritingaid.com/ a try this gives a large number of categories in the report, the "overused words", "clichés and redundancies", and "grammar report" that were of particular interest.

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author avatar Val Mills
15th Jan 2015 (#)

I might lok into that one as well, though I am pleased with my results from Auto Crit Wizard. Yes, I too need to work on redundancies and so forth.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Peter, I just saw your comment. I will check it out. You are the best! Thank you for all your help.

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author avatar vickylass
30th Mar 2015 (#)

I'll never get tired of say how important editing is. On this regards, I may say that I'm a bit on the old fashioned side as I'm one of these that won't submit till I've read my piece several times and on each read, I'll find something to change or to correct. I'll take note of your tips. Thanks for sharing!

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