Within the Red Pen Editing cycle, step 9 is DRILL DOWN where, having addressed all other issues of structure, voice, tense, etc., we focus on paragraphs, sentences, words and punctuation. It’s the final sweep before sending our precious manuscript to our beta readers for feedback.
Step 9 relies on our understanding of spelling, grammar and punctuation – fondly referred to as SPAG in education circles.
Fixing SPAG errors can be problematic for some writers. Success at step 9 depends on your schooling and your eye for detail, and this is where ProWritingAid might prove useful.
ProWritingAid checks for SPAG
ProWritingAid checks for SPAG and much else besides.
- Overused words and phrases
- Sticky words
- Combo (which is a combination of your favourite reports)
- Thesaurus (for alternative words you might use)
- House Style check (should you set one up)
- Plagiarism report
ProWritingAid provides feedback
Before we send material for feedback, reading the ProWritingAid reports – and making changes where we think it’s necessary – can help to eliminate errors that would otherwise detract from your beta reader’s experience.
Here’s an example, using a short story that, a long time ago, won me first prize in a short story competition.
Notice that the words or phrases identified as needing attention are underlined in a colour which matches the relevant comment in the left-hand pane.
ProWritingAid works with Scrivener
As I write straight into Scrivener these days, I was delighted to find that ProWritingAid now works with Scrivener. In the next few posts, I’ll be exploring the ProWritingAid features, using one of my many NANO novels.
And? There’s more?
- If you’d like to read the Gone Fishing story, click here
- If you’d like a copy of the Red Pen Editing cycle, click here.
- If you’d like to learn more about my Red Pen Editing system, click here and watch my Introduction to Red Pen Training video.
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