The Diction Report helps you avoid unnecessarily complicated writing by analyzing your word selection and sentence construction.
How to Use The Diction Report
There are hundreds of rules to improve your language built into the ProWritingAid algorithm. Like most rules, each of these will have exceptions so use your judgement when choosing to accept or reject ProWritingAid's suggestion.
The Diction Report will highlight those sentences that are constructed in an awkward way so that you can reword them and make them easier to understand.
The Diction Report also brings attention to vague and abstract words that you can improve to make your writing more clear.
Fix Vague Words
Vague words lack the clarity your readers want. Did you describe your protagonist as a tall girl? Tall is subjective: it means something completely different to a short person than it does to a tall person. You need to be more specific.
Words like more, poor, good, excellent, some, large, better, or considerable are all ambiguous. What I view as excellent may be very different from your own understanding.
Use Simple Phrases
When it comes to writing, less is more. Make every word count. If it's not essential, cut it. Too often when writers are trying to sound authoritative, they choose the wordy ways of saying something simple. Why write “has the ability to” when you can write “can”? You’re just using more words to say the same thing, which actually makes your writing much less clear.
Some other examples include:
at this point in time ➡ now
due to the fact that ➡ because
in order to ➡ to
in the event that ➡ if
prior to the start of ➡ before
has been found to be ➡ is
a sufficient amount of ➡ enough
at such time as ➡ when
for the reason that ➡ because
in close proximity to ➡ near
it is our opinion that ➡ we think
serves the function of being ➡ is
in the near future ➡ soon
Look through your writing for a simpler way of saying the same thing.