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How We Improved ProWritingAid in 2021

The ProWritingAid Team

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Published Dec 16, 2021

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It's been a big year for us here at ProWritingAid. We've been busy creating more tools, suggestions, events, and resources to help you become the writer you were always meant to be.

Anyone can learn to be a writer—and that doesn't mean you have to write a novel. Whether you write customer service emails, blog posts, essays, business documentation, emails, Tweets, or fiction, your writing is important.

That's why we've worked hard this year in four key areas:

  1. Make ProWritingAid easier to use
  2. Enable writers to edit together
  3. Help you learn as you edit
  4. Bring writing communities together

Scroll down to learn more about the new features we created to reach those four goals.

Contents:
  1. How Did We Improve ProWritingAid in 2021?
  2. Aim 1: Making ProWritingAid Easier to Use
  3. Aim 2: Enable Writers to Edit Together
  4. Aim 3: Help You Learn As You Write
  5. Aim 4: Build Your Writing Community
  6. What New Features Will ProWritingAid Have in 2022?

How Did We Improve ProWritingAid in 2021?

Our company vision at ProWritingAid is what gets us all out of bed in the morning.

ProWritingAid's Vision: Empowering people to share ideas, stories, and knowledge by inspiring, educating, and helping them to express themselves.

We believe that everyone has something to say, and the right to say it well, and we are constantly building and improving our software and resources to better serve the needs of our writers.

Here are all the ways we worked to bring our company vision to life this year.

Aim 1: Making ProWritingAid Easier to Use

This year, we've added and improved features that simplify how you edit with ProWritingAid by giving you the information you need when you need it.

We've introduced more specific document types, real-time goal tracking, and suggestion filtering to help you streamline, speed up, and inform your editing process—whatever you're writing.

Stay Focused By Selecting Your Document Type

You don't have the same aims when you're sending a casual email vs. writing a chapter for your fantasy novel.

We've introduced Document Types to help you tailor ProWritingAid's suggestions to your purpose. This year, we added tons more document types and made them easier to find.

document type interface in prowritingaid

Now, before you start writing, you can set your specific document type to see Goals for the reports that will matter most to your reader.

Here are just a few of the document types you can set:

  • Non-Fiction
  • Academic Essay
  • Self-Help Book
  • Business Case
  • Thriller Novel
  • Email (General + Sales)
  • CV
  • Romance Novel
  • Children's Book
  • Web Article
  • Over 30 more

You can set your document type in settings, or in the dropdown menu in the Goals & Improvements sidebar:

document type dropdown in sidebar

Track Your Realtime Progress in the Goals Sidebar

ProWritingAid helps you look at the bigger picture of your writing and zoom in on the details.

This year, we made it easier for you to hop between the Goals and Improvements panels so you can keep an eye on your wider progress as you fix your sentences.

Goals panels in ProWritingAid with info box explaining goal

It can be hard to know where to start improving your writing. When you select your document type, you'll see tailored Goals so you can see where to focus and how you're progressing.

Streamline Your Editing by Filtering Suggestion Types

You can filter suggestions in the Realtime Report to exclude areas you're not ready to work on yet. Just click on the filter icon, then uncheck the box next to a type of suggestion to stop seeing them.

filtering system in ProWritingAid realtime report

This is especially useful in academic writing where you'll use passive voice more frequently, and in fiction writing where you may use some unusual spellings.

Aim 2: Enable Writers to Edit Together

People often think of writers as solitary, but chances are you don't always write alone.

Whether it's with team members, clients, editors, beta readers, or your writing buddies, you'll probably need to share your writing with someone before you reach your final draft.

We're making that easier with commenting, right in ProWritingAid.

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Get Quick Feedback From Other Writers with In-Editor Comments

Need some advice on your phrasing? Waiting on some key information for a paragraph?

People you invite to your document can now add, edit, reply to and resolve comments right in your ProWritingAid document. You can also tag other users with an @ to let them know where you need their attention.

commenting in ProWritingAid

With commenting, you can get the feedback you need from your team all in one place without the hassle of using multiple softwares.

Aim 3: Help You Learn As You Write

Learn More About Grammar and Writing Technique

We all have those words that we just can't get right—like affect and effect, or learned and learnt. We've created hundreds of articles this year to help you get to grips with word choices, key writing techniques, and tricky grammar rules so that the right answer is never too far away.

You'll find our articles in the ProWritingAid tool when you need a reminder, in our Grammar Guide, and right here on our blog.

Inclusive Language Suggestions

Effective writing uses inclusive language so that all audiences receive appropriate acknowledgement and regard.

inclusive-language-example

We added to our Inclusive Language Suggestions feature this year, with new suggestions covering LGBTQ+ and Disability diversity.

The Secrets of Writing Romance E-Book

What makes a great love story? Find out in this e-book!

secrets of writing romnce ebook page

The Secrets of Writing Romance is the latest title in our collection. Our library of writing resources contains titles on everything from copywriting to business writing to a complete guide to writing your novel.

Our Writing Resources Library is available for free to ProWritingAid Premium users.

Aim 4: Build Your Writing Community

We write to communicate our ideas and stories with others. The writers in the ProWritingAid community are some of the most passionate creators we've met, so we tried to find ways to help you come together this year.

ProWritingAid Academy

Writing is better with accountability and support. This year, we created ProWritingAid Academy to provide just that.

challenge from prowritingaid academy

ProWritingAid Academy is a course platform featuring 10+ on-demand writing courses, as well as monthly writing challenges that help you develop your skills one day at a time. We wanted to create a place where writers could connect with each other, learn from the experts, and make real progress towards their writing goals.

Thank you to everyone who joined the ProWritingAid Academy community this year. Learn more about the Academy here.

ProWritingAid Presents: Writer's Weeks

In 2021, we hosted three week-long events for Fantasy, Crime, and Romance writers. This started as a crazy dream we had of bringing together writers from across the globe to learn, explore their genre, and meet like-minded storytellers.

fantasy week feedback

A year later, and over 2000 of you have joined us for more than 50 live sessions. We've learnt how to add wonder to our fantasy stories, heard how to create authenticity in our crime novels from a real police inspector, and fallen in love with writing romance during live author Q&As.

We've definitely got the bug, so keep an eye out for more events in 2022.

Connect With Other Writers in Our Facebook Communities

ProWritingAid's Facebook Writer Communities

As well as live events, we also created three new online writing communities just for fantasy, romance, and crime authors. Members can ask questions, share book recommendations, find support when they need it, and receive exclusive content. Join us!

Live NaNoWriMo Write-Ins

Never heard of NaNoWriMo? It's the challenge for people who often say "I've always wanted to write a book one day".

During National Novel Writing Month, we hosted over 10 live write ins where members of our community wrote together for 50 minutes to meet their daily word-count goal.

post about nanowrimo in PWA facebook group

We also supported each other and shared our progress in ProWritingAid's NaNoWriMo 2021 Facebook Group. Congratulations to everyone who won NaNoWriMo this year (and to everyone who made any progress on their novel this November).

The Better Business Writing Series

Great writing isn't just for authors. Writing clear, engaging content pays in business, too.

We've just launched our Better Business Writing series, a set of live events where you'll learn how to streamline your processes, connect with your clients, and improve how your team works together with better writing.

Catch the first session below.

What New Features Will ProWritingAid Have in 2022?

Edit Quickly with Our New Report

We'll be unveiling a new report in 2022 that will offer suggestions for rephrasing your sentences for more clear and concise messaging.

The meaning and context of your sentences will stay the same, but ProWritingAid will apply its in-depth readability improvements automatically.

Get Better Grades with Our Citations Report

Worried that you'll let incorrect citations slip through your edit when you're on a deadline? Soon, you won't have to.

In 2022, you'll be able to check the consistency of your citation styles, and see corrections based on key style guides like the APA and MLA guides.

Work Together On Documents with Collaboration

Before, you had to export your ProWritingAid document before you could share it with someone else. Soon, you'll be able to just send them a link to edit directly within the app.

collaborative working in ProWritingAid

You can invite anyone with a ProWritingAid account to collaborate on your work. If they don't have an account, they can sign up for free.

In collaboration mode, you can:

  • Edit simultaneously with other writers
  • See who is working in the document and their exact cursor locations so you know who is working where

Others can only edit your work when you enable collaborative editing—your private docs stay private.

Edit Flexibly with More Windows Integrations

Your editing software should work wherever you write. In 2022, we'll be expanding our integrations for Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Arbortext to other Windows Applications such as Notepad, Scrivener, Slack, and Slite.

You'll be able to hop between your Word Docs, emails, Scrivener files, and notes without losing any editing power.

What Do You Want to See In 2022?

The writers in our community are at the heart of everything we do. So what do you want to see next?

Let us know in the comments—and if you like someone else's idea you see there, give it a like.


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How about integrating it into Word Perfect like you do for MS Word Add on?
Thank you for letting us know about this! One of our focuses at the moment is increasing the number of integrations we have, so we will be sure to look at WordPerfect.
Fix the broken scoring system by allowing incorrect suggestions to be excluded from the score.
By ignoring a suggestion that you do not think is correct, or which doesn't suit your style of writing, it should not register on your overall scores. If this is not working for you, please reach out to us at hello@prowritingaid.com so we can look into it.
How about being the first to natively support ProWritingAid on Linux? Beating your competitor Grammarly. There is big money to be made here since you would be pioneers in the field. Image the millions of PCs running Linux that could benefit from this and you monetarily. Or you could start with a low-hanging fruit and support integration with the most popular email client on Linux such as ThunderBird.
Thank you for the suggestion Phil! All I can say is that 2022 will be our biggest year yet in terms of upgrades and new integrations.
Thanks for your work on improving ProWritingAid. These have been very helpful to me. One issue that's a little confusing about the Goals in the ProWritingAid Office Plugin: often I will see sliders change for the worse when I'm actually fixing that exact issue. Sometimes, after I save, close, and reopen a document, the goal metrics are different than when I closed the document (even though I have made no changes at all). Also, there have been a couple of times when suggestions in the Improvements panel are completely wrong (suggesting a comma after a word that clearly is part of a phrase and doesn't need one, for instance). --Jeff
Hi Jeff, you are welcome! It sounds like you have been having a few issues. Without seeing exactly what you are, it is hard to diagnose the problem. Would you be able to email some more details to hello@prowritingaid.com so that our support team can help you sort this out?
I'd be glad to do that. However, except for recording a session, I'm not sure what more I can add. Does your tech support allow you to view my screen as I'm working? If so, that would be the best way to see what is going on. BTW, I'm using Word 2019 on a Mac.
Thanks for getting back to me Jeff, because of customer privacy we cannot see your screen. However, some screenshots should work just as well. You can also send a recording if you think that would be more useful to help us diagnose the issue.
Sounds good. Thanks. Who would I send the info to?
Hi Jeff! You can send your queries to hello@prowritingaid.com . One of our support reps will be happy to help you.
Thank you! I would like to see more Black writers to compare a writing style to. Suggestions for active vs passive verbs. Some of the vernacular suggestions or cautions are dated. The ability to load large documents.
Wow, what a great list, Thank you!
Yes! More suggestions for passive sentence structure.
2022 Biggest wish: Dark mode for the desktop app.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I know that lots of people swear by dark mode, so it is something we are very aware of.
Why no mobile application
At the moment, our team is working to perfect the desktop and web editor, but this is definitely something we will look into in the future!
Amazing news, Team! Can't wait to experience the new features in 2022.
Thank you so much, we can't either!
One of my favorite features of prowritingaid is the 'word explorer'. I would love to see it integrated in more applications such as Word. It would also be great if it were a standalone desktop app, so I could use it without having to go to the browser.
I totally agree with you. For me, the word explorer is the most useful tool within ProWritingAid. Thank you for sharing :)
I write long form in Google Docs. I would like the ability to have PW Aid evaluate a selection, say a chapter at a time. Running reports on the entire book takes a long time and is a bit overwhelming, but one chapter, or other selected at a time, fits with my editing process. Currently, I have to paste chapter into the online version and make the changes manually in Google Docs. Not very efficient.
I totally understand what you mean, this is why we recommend users write a maximum of 10,000 words within the tool, otherwise it can be really overwhelming.
Thank you to everyone who has made a suggestion so far, please keep them coming in. They are incredibly useful for us to know what our users really want to see in 2022. We will look at all of them as we move into the New Year.
Bonjour, Are these updates available to lifetime license holders?
Great question! Yes, they all are already or will be soon :)
I have used PWA for several years now. I really appreciate it and often recommend it to others. Here are some thoughts about how it could work even better for me. When PWA detects a particular issue, it would be useful to employ an option to “replace all in this document” rather than repeated detections of the same issue for repetitious corrections in the document. At other times, when PWA detects an issue, it would be useful to employ an option to “ignore all in this document” rather than repeated detections of the same issue for repetitious disregards in the document. When fixing a sticky sentence, it would be useful to see the resultant %-glue right then without having to get out of the sticky setting and then get back in to know if the sentence remains sticky. When disabling a rule, it would be helpful to have a choice to “disable in the current document only” vs. “disable in current and future documents.” If a word is unknown to the dictionary, there is an option to add it to the dictionary. Sometimes I want the word in the current document, but I don’t want the word in my dictionary. I might intentionally misspell a word in a document (e.g., spelling to describe an idiosyncratic pronunciation), but I don’t want it in my dictionary where a future typo might cause unintentional inclusion of the misspelled word. An option to “ignore all in this document” or “accept all in this document” would be helpful. When I accept a PWA suggestion, the Realtime counter decreases by one. When I click “ignore” because I don’t accept the suggestion, the counter does not decrease. An option for the counter to decrease by one when I click “ignore” would be helpful. The way it works currently tells me how many suggestions remain as possibilities, even if I have already looked at all of them. If the counter decreased by one when I click “ignore,” then I would know if I have missed any suggestions when I get to the end if the counter does not register zero.
Thank you so much for this detailed review. Your first suggestion is an interesting one. The reason that we do not have a "correct all" button is because we cannot guarantee that every correction will work for your document. It is best if each user confirms that each suggestion is right. I really like your ideas to have each document customisable and separate from other documents :)
Another one that I forgot: Make it so that the desktop app can be added to the "Open with..." windows context menu for documents. Right now when you use the windows context menu "open with..." and select ProWritingAid to open a document it just loads the program and puts you at the start screen rather than opening the file like it should.
Thank you again, please keep the suggestions coming in, they are all helpful to us 😃
Great article, thanks guys. And good to read that you're bringing Scrivener integration on Windows in 2022. What about integrating ProWritingAid with Scrivener for macOS?
Thanks for reading! Yes, we're bringing ProWritingAid everywhere our writers are. Rest assured our development team is working hard to add more integration avenues.
Would love to see you integrate with Atticus in 2022!
Hi there. We're always on the look for new avenues to integrate with so we'll give this a look. Thanks for your suggestion!
I write in Word 2019 and use ProWritingAid as an ass-in. On any new documents or older ones I start or open with ProWritingAid activated it stops page numbers from being shown. It is like a single page that can contain thousands of words. The only way I can tell is to do a print preview to see the page count or know what page I am on. Is there any way you can fix this annoying problem? I agree with other people's suggestion that some things can be disabled for that document only. I write fiction were were some characters that are macho and assertive and others who are very passive or subservient. Is it possible to disable passive voice for a single character while speaking. Or at least disable it during all speech within quotation marks?
Hi there. Thanks for reaching out to us. Please reach out to us at hello@prowritingaid.com where one of our support reps will be able to take a closer look.
Is there a way to enable in the grammar search a flagging of double periods? With my eyesight, there's always a couple in each finished manuscript that slip past me and go to my ARC team. Thanks! gg
Hi there. There absolutely is. You may create a rule using the style guide. I'd be happy to give you a more in depth answer on how to do this, please send your query to hello@prowritingaid.com.
Thanks for the info!!! Love the updates. I write in Scrivener, then edit in ProWritingAid. The biggest thing I’m missing is being able to see italic text when my character thinks something. So when I want to add a sentence with my character having a thought that would normally be italicized, I’d have to switch back over to Scrivener to make sure I don’t forget to format the sentence. Any chance this option could be added?
We're happy to hear that you love the updates. This is definitely something we can look into. Thanks for your suggestion.
In many of the reports (e.g., Grammar & Style), after you correct or ignore an issue, the program suddenly jumps to the beginning of the list. This is maddening because I have a large document (100,000 words) so the lists are often long and it takes a long time to find my place. This happens repeatedly, but not with every correction. I'm using the WORD add-on.
Hi there, I am sorry that this is happening! Without a few more details, it is difficult to solve this problem for you. Would you be able to send in a description of this issue to hello@prowritingaid.com please? From there, our team will quickly sort this out for you.

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