Find inconsistencies in your writing

by Jun 18, 2018, 7 Comments


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.

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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  • Karen Lateiner says
    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?
    Posted On Jan 23, 2014 | 08:21
    • Sonia Easley says
      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. ?
      Posted On Mar 03, 2017 | 11:35
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  • baprsDenise says
    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?
    Posted On Sep 26, 2014 | 04:46
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  • Gin Hollan says
    This is my favourite of your reports. :-) It's amazing what a maze it can be, as a Canadian writer.
    Posted On Jul 18, 2015 | 01:18
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  • pkdrummond says
    What exactly is a "Curly/Smart Single Quote" or a "Curly/Smart Double Quote"? Just curious!
    Posted On Feb 16, 2017 | 09:45
    • Gé van Gasteren says
      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.
      Posted On Apr 11, 2018 | 12:19
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  • oliverpup10 says
    how di o quickly find initial ing words?
    Posted On Mar 31, 2017 | 05:05
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