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Find inconsistencies in your writing

The ProWritingAid Team
ProWritingAid: A grammar guru, style editor, and writing mentor in one package.
Published Jun 18, 2018


Imagine this:

You're reading a novel. You've gotten into the swing of the plot, you're feeling invested in the main characters. And then the author mentions the name of the city the action is in again.

And that name is spelled entirely differently than it was the first time you saw it.

Suddenly, you're taken out of the story. Did you make a mistake the first time? No, it seems you didn't. The author made the mistake – and keeps making it throughout the story.

Consistency errors like that one will make your writing look unprofessional and seem confusing. Checking your writing for consistency is an important part of the editing process. And while that may seem obvious, creating consistency is more difficult than it seems.

Our editing software, ProWritingAid, will check your writing for consistency of spelling, hyphenation, capitalisation, and more.

  1. ProWritingAid Helps Find Spelling Inconsistencies
  2. ProWritingAid Helps Find Hyphenation Inconsistencies
  3. ProWritingAid Helps Find Capitalisation Inconsistencies
  4. Improve Your Writing with ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid Helps Find Spelling Inconsistencies

There are over 1,700 spelling differences between UK English and US English, with Canadian English and Australian English sitting somewhere precariously between the two.

It is easy to mix spelling from the UK and the US. Our spelling consistency software automatically finds and highlights where you have used inconsistent spelling. That way, you won't be saying "capitalization" in one place and "capitalisation" in another.

ProWritingAid Helps Find Hyphenation Inconsistencies

Inconsistent use of hyphenation can make a document appear less professional. If you use "long-term" in one place, then later use "long term", your writing will look unprofessional.

Of course, it is not always a mistake to use a hyphen in one place but not in another. For instance, "long-term plan" and "in the long term" would be correct. However, it can be hard to tell when and where to use the proper terminology.

Our free hyphenation consistency checking software will highlight possible consistencies in your writing so that you can easily check for errors. Inconsistent use of hyphens is a very frequent error, over 60% of randomly sampled documents have some form of hyphenation inconsistency.

ProWritingAid Helps Find Capitalisation Inconsistencies

Some people like to argue about whether words like "Yoga" or "Viking" should be capitalised or not, but what's sure is that capitalisation inconsistency reflects badly on your professionalism as a writer.

Our capitalisation consistency software helps you to find and eliminate those annoying inconsistencies, which will polish your work and make it read more professionally.

Improve Your Writing with ProWritingAid

Inconsistencies can plague your writing but are often difficult to locate. Using an editing software like ProWritingAid will automatically catch these simple errors and correct them so that you don't have to waste time or energy remembering if you wrote "licence" or "license" throughout your piece.

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ProWritingAid: A grammar guru, style editor, and writing mentor in one package.

The most successful people in the world have coaches. Whatever your level of writing, ProWritingAid will help you achieve new heights. Exceptional writing depends on much more than just correct grammar. You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. ProWritingAid helps you find the best way to express your ideas.

Re: consistency report. Double and single curly quotes are flagged, with no indication on the manuscript. On examination, all of my quoted material looks to be in order. Am I missing something?
By kslateiner on 23 January 2014, 08:21 PM
I have the same question. I note it hasn't been answered. I don't know what "single curly quotes are in reference to straight quotes. ?
By soniaeasley on 03 March 2017, 11:35 PM
No understanding why Consistency Report is having an issue with curly quotes. My story has to have them when people speak. Can someone please explain why?
By baprsDenise on 26 September 2014, 04:46 AM
This is my favourite of your reports. :-) It's amazing what a maze it can be, as a Canadian writer.
By krista.cairn on 18 July 2015, 01:18 PM
What exactly is a "Curly/Smart Single Quote" or a "Curly/Smart Double Quote"? Just curious!
By pkdrummond on 16 February 2017, 09:45 PM
If you’re still curious one year later :) They’re sometimes called “typographical quotes” because historically, they are used in printing, while ‘straight quotes’ (like you used in your question) were introduced only with typewriters and are still common on webpages. In the font used on this page, smart quotes are just slanted and slightly wedgey, but in many other fonts, they are really curly, looking like small 6s and 9s.
By gevangasteren on 11 April 2018, 12:19 PM
how di o quickly find initial ing words?
By oliverpup10 on 31 March 2017, 05:05 PM
This report doesn't distinguish between words at the start of sentences and words within them. For example, in the text I just checked, it flagged Purple/purple as inconsistent, even though the capitalized one started a sentence. That's not very useful.
By LondonC on 13 January 2019, 07:28 PM
Flagging US v UK spellings is helpful, but it would be more helpful if when you go to the inconsistent spellings, you're offered the other spelling. If I've spelled something with a UK spelling, it's usually because I don't know the US spelling. It would also be nice if there was a search and replace for things like US/UK spelling and straight/curly quotes, or the option to correct all the issues at once, since these are often not context-dependent.
By LondonC on 13 January 2019, 08:07 PM
Hey there, thanks for the suggestion!
By kylemassa on 14 January 2019, 08:04 PM
I do not know what some words like curly words mean. Can you help me?
By willstra97841 on 20 March 2019, 11:39 PM
This is the best program I have ever purchased! The attention to detail is spectacular. The suggestions are fantastic. Oh my God! The reports are better than an editor and ten times as cheap. I can't say enough great things about this program. Thanks for this, but do something about the confusing parenthesis comments. COmbine a spell check with a thesaurus!
By Ambrosehills on 03 August 2019, 07:07 PM