HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!
It''s been a tough year on a lot of people, so I wanted to offer you a gift by
broadcasting my find of a wonderful program online called:
ProWritingAid.Com <--clicky > Once you download the program and set it up, a little box appears in the upper right corner of your Word program.
When you click the box, a menu of many items appears: You can check your work for overused words, cliches, passive voice, plagiarism, sticky sentences, repetitions, grammar, complex words, pronoun overuse, etc. etc. It is an amazing array of checks, done by (I presume) a very fast computer and of course not every single thing applies to your work. BUT it is a definite help.
On their website, you can run a sample of your work through their free tester, just to get an idea of it.
I do think it's important to stress that this is a tool for editing a finished draft of work, and NOT something you use as you write. The danger with this kind of hypercritical program is that the writer will subjectively "believe" every single correction and try to fit it into their work. It is a TOOL only, and not to be used as a guide for writing every word.
I used this program on my latest draft of Canyon Flower (my new novel) and have chopped 4,000 words out of it, as a result. I can only think what's left is in better shape. A lot of work but well worth it. Editing is where the big 'uns get separated from the little 'uns, so have at it!
THEN, send it to me. :-) (with any luck, maybe you wouldn't need to?)
Full disclosure: This company offered me a deal, to get friends to sign up, and sent me "links" that would identify me, so I would get credit (a month added to my year's registration) for every person who signed up with me. But I am NOT using said links. I want this recommendation to be from my genuine heartfelt appreciation of the product, NOT trying to sell it. I could care less if you use it or not, but I'd be remiss in not letting you know about it. --clicky>
Posted by BAJ at 6:41 AM