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ProWritingAid or Grammarly? Bestselling Author Joanna Penn Compares

Hayley Milliman

Hayley Milliman

Content Lead

Published May 04, 2020

Joanna Penn Reviews ProWritingAid

Joanna Penn is an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under the penname J.F.Penn. She also writes non-fiction for authors. Her site, has been voted in the Top 100 sites for writers by Writer's Digest.

Recently, Joanna did a full review of ProWritingAid. In it, she covered:

  • Why it's worth using an online writing tool as well as professional editors and proofreaders
  • Grammar issues, passive writing
  • Spelling issues – you can choose the country-specific spelling in settings
  • Sentence length, sentence structure, overused words, repeated words, dialogue tags, clichés, and redundancies
  • Fixing curly vs straight quotation marks
  • Thesaurus and Word Explorer — for word nerds (like me!)
  • Integration with Scrivener
  • Emails and website copy within Chrome
  • Why she thinks ProWritingAid is a better tool for writers than Grammarly

You can watch Joanna's full review here:

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Joanna's created a full transcript of her tutorial. You can read it here.

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Hayley Milliman

Hayley Milliman

Content Lead

Hayley is the Head of Learning at ProWritingAid. Prior to joining this team, Hayley spent several years as an elementary school teacher and curriculum developer in Memphis, TN. When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink or hiking with her dog.

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Very well explained. Thanks a lot for explaining the features in a crisp manner.
We are so glad you found it helpful!
Am a creative Writer from Zambia (Africa) i would like you to mentor me in Professional Writing for Film and Books
That's wonderful! Our editing software is a great place to start if you are beginning a new journey into the world of writing. We don't offer a mentor program, but the tool itself will give you lots of helpful guidance! Our online groups ib Facebook may be a great place for you to check out to get some ideas about finding a mentor! Good luck!
I'm thinking of writing a non-fiction book concerning life experiences and hope your editing software will come in hardy
We hope so too! Good luck with your book! :)
Your article is rich! I wish Prowritingaid could review its premium rate for poor African countries. People from the region suffer currency devaluation/depreciation: making payment in dollar makes the premium service pricey for writers in the region.
Hi there! Thank you for sharing your opinion. We try our best to make our products available to as many people as possible. That is why we also offer free memberships through our referral program, details of which you can find here: We also run seasonal sales (one of which is running at the moment) when our product is even more affordable. Please send an e-mail in to if you have questions about either of these.

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