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All About ProWritingAid's Goals Feature

Hayley Milliman
Content Lead
Published Nov 03, 2020

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We are always looking for ways to make ProWritingAid more useful for writers. That's why we recently spent months developing a brand new feature: goals.

These custom suggestions are like a report card for your document—they let you know exactly what to work on and what improvements to make to help your writing shine. This new feature helps you focus in on the areas that will create the biggest impact for your document so you can make changes more easily and feel more confident about your writing

Read on to learn more about what goals are and how they work.

Contents:
  1. How Goals Work
  2. The Goals Categories
  3. How to Use Goals to Improve Your Writing
  4. Try Our Goals Feature Now

How Goals Work

When you run a Summary Report on your document, you'll see three main categories:

  • Your key scores
  • Where your document looks great
  • Where your document may need work

Here's what your Summary Report will look like when you run it:

Goals Summary Report

The first category, "Your key scores", shows your overall scores for grammar, style, and spelling.

The next category, "Where your document looks great", highlights areas where you have scored within the target range for that specific goal. The target range was developed by our language team after analyzing thousands and thousands of published texts.

Each goal has its own target. The colored bar shows where your document scores within the range. Green indicates you've achieved the goal. Yellow indicates you're outside of the target range. You'll also see your score above the bar.

Your goals score Your target

If your document falls outside the target range on any individual goal, that goal will show up in the "Where your document may need work" category.

Where your document needs work

Each goal in this section highlights the area of your document that might need improvement and includes a short explanation of how you can improve your score. There are also more detailed explanations for each goal, which we'll cover later in this article.

Each time you make an edit to your document, your progress towards your document's goals will change. Depending on what you're writing and your individual writing style, you might always have some goals in the "Where your document may need work" category. That's okay! It doesn't mean that your writing is bad or not publishable. Our goal is to give you the information you need to make edits to your writing if you think they will improve your readers' experience of your work.

The Goals Categories

Currently, there are nineteen different goal categories:

  • Grammar score
  • Style score
  • Spelling score
  • Sentence length
  • Readability grade
  • Sentence variety
  • Passive voice
  • Conjunction starts
  • Slow pacing
  • Very long sentences
  • Acronym consistency
  • Long repeated phrases
  • Emotion tells
  • -ing starts
  • Dialog tags with adverbs
  • Quote consistency
  • Dialog tags
  • Unusual dialog tags
  • Bad adverbs

Changing your writing style will affect which goals you see. For instance, if you set your style to "Creative," you'll receive information about how your work is doing on the "Emotion tells" goal. But if your writing style is set to "Business," you won't get an "Emotion tells" score.

How to Use Goals to Improve Your Writing

You can use the Goals feature to make improvements to your document. There is a lot of information contained in the Summary report. Let's break it down.

First, you can click on the title of each goal to jump down to that section in the summary report.

More info button goals

When you jump down to a particular section, you'll see specific information about that goal and how to improve your score.

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We've also written in-depth articles about each goal, explaining the scoring system, how this goal affects your readers' experience, and what to do to fix your work and improve your score for a given goal. You can access these articles by clicking the small "i" in the top right hand corner of any goal.

More info goals

If you want more information about how your writing compares to published fiction, we've included graphs and other visual aids for many of the goals. These visuals help you see how close or far your work is from other authors in your genre.

You can even compare your writing to your favorite author's! In your settings, you can choose from dozens of well-known authors to see how your work stacks up.

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Try Our Goals Feature Now

Try out our new Goals feature now and let us know what you think in the comments.


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Hayley Milliman
Content Lead

Hayley is thrilled to be ProWritingAid's Content Lead, as it gives her an excuse to think deeply about words every single day. Prior to joining ProWritingAid, Hayley spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher, which was a crash course in learning how to entertain an indifferent audience. These days, she puts her storytelling skills to use writing blog articles and working on her first novel.

When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink or hiking with her dog.

She is the co-author of the book Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females (which was an Amazon bestseller) and How to Build Your Author Platform on a Shoestring.

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