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Getting Started with ProWritingAid

The ProWritingAid Team
ProWritingAid: A grammar guru, style editor, and writing mentor in one package.
Published Jan 01, 2018


ProWritingAid is the most comprehensive editing tool out there. Unlike other grammar-checking tools, ProWritingAid goes way beyond grammar, with over 20 writing reports to improve the strength and clarity of your writing.

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The editing tool analyzes your writing and highlights potential improvements. Each report focuses on a particular area of your writing. Some reports will provide quick fixes that will allow you to polish up a short piece of writing. Other reports will go in depth and reveal areas where you can do more to improve your writing style.

While ProWritingAid is not going to do your job for you, it will make your job easier. You'll improve your writing style as you use the reports because you'll become more aware of the mistakes that you make, just like having a real-life writing coach guiding you. Not every suggestion will work for every writer, so you'll have to use your own judgement.

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Here are ProWritingAid's seven most popular features and reports:

1. The Style Report

This popular report highlights several areas of writing that should be revised to improve readability, including: passive and hidden verbs, over-reliance on adverbs, repeated sentence starts, emotional tells and much more. These suggestions are the same as a professional copyeditor would give you (in fact many of them use ProWritingAid).

If you are going to send your writing to a copyeditor then, by fixing all these mistakes upfront, your editor will be able to focus on the more important aspects of your work, such as tone of voice. You'll get a more polished piece of writing as a reward.

The ProWritingAid Style Report

2. The Overused Words Report

Writers should be wary of many words and phrases in the English language that are indicative of poor writing style. Intensifiers like "very", for example, actually weaken your writing, or hesitant words like "just" or "maybe" make your writing feel unconvincing. Words like these are fine in moderation, but when overused can undermine your ideas.

In this report, we'll flag the problematic words and phrases that are commonly overused by writers, and help you to eliminate them. As you work through them, you will begin to recognize and avoid using them in the first place.

Overuse Words Reports

3. Detailed readability analysis

ProWritingAid can now assess the readability of your text using some of the most popular readability scoring systems out there, including the Flesch Reading Ease Score. The report provides an overall readability score for your full document. It also gives you a readability score for each paragraph so that you can easily zero in on those passages that could benefit from some tightening up.

Readability Reports

4. The Summary Report

The Summary Report provides an overview of your document and the key points that you should focus on to improve it. It also gives you an idea of how you are doing in each area compared to other ProWritingAid users.

Summary Reports

5. Use the Word Explorer to make semantic leaps

Our Word Explorer allows you to find inspiration and build new ideas based around the words that are already in your text. Choose a key word from your document and use the Word Explorer to find alliterations, synonyms, rhymes, collocations, anagrams, phrases containing your word, clichés that use it, famous quotes that include it, and more.

As an example, say you're struggling to come up with the name of the quirky soup shop your hero runs. First you might explore words that alliterate with soup: saucy soups, satisfying soups, super soups. Hmm, some good ideas there but you don't think you've quite hit the nail on the head. You check synonyms for soups: gruel, chowder, broth. "Cruel gruel" leaps to mind, but again, it's not quite right. A look at the clichés section shows some great ideas, and it's here that you find your winner: Take My Broth Away.

The possibilities with the Word Explorer are endless. Here's a screenshot of what it looks like if you search for the word "power" and click to see famous quotations:

Word Explorer

6. Reword with ease using the Contextual Thesaurus

Double-click on any word in the editor and it will show you a short list of synonyms that work in the same context. This is great for quickly playing with vocabulary. If you want even more synonyms, you can go straight from there to the Word Explorer.

Contextual Thesaurus

7. Learn as you edit

We’ve added hundreds of detailed explanations that will help you better understand our suggestions and improve your writing in the future.

Learn as your edit

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The ProWritingAid Team
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.

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