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This was recommended by one of my RedPenners and it’s been on my Recommendations page for some time.

Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 12.14.44Within 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 might prove useful.

ProWritingAid checks for SPAG

ProWritingAid checks for SPAG and much else besides.

ProWritingAid menu bar

  • Style
  • Grammar
  • Overused words and phrases
  • Cliches
  • Sticky words
  • Diction
  • Repeats
  • Combo (which is a combination of your favourite reports)
  • Length
  • Pronouns
  • Alliteration
  • Homonyms
  • Transitions
  • 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 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.

Gone fishing combo report

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 now works with Scrivener. In the next few posts, I’ll be exploring the ProWritingAid features, using one of my many NANO novels.

Why not join me?  If you’d like to trial ProWritingAid and work alongside me in exploring its features, click on any ProWritingAid link on this page.

And? There’s more?

  • If you’d like to read the Gone Fishing story, contact me.
  • If you’re interested in learning more about the Red Pen Editing cycle, my book is available on Amazon, only £2.99.

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  • Steven

    23 January 2019 at 01:56

    Dear Anne Rainbow…

    I just starting using PWA yesterday… I started using Scrivener a week ago… I love them both… BUT..]
    I found this threat, looking for ways to migrate documents between the two programs…

    LOL… To hear that you would go through all the steps of finding errors, using PWA… and then do corrections by hand again in Scrivener, one by one…. comparing the two side by side…. Leaves me somewhat appalled at the tedious repetition …

    I do take note that you say that you create error Reports in PWA… from which you make corrections in Scrivener… Do you not use the vast tools in PWA to make corrections while still in PWA… and then somehow migrate the corrected document back into Scrivener… (which is what I am trying to find out, how to do… The migration of the documents… from SCR into PWA and back into SCR after the corrections have been made…

    Yes, then I can continue developing my document as I add to it…

    When I find the correct way of migrating documents between the two…. I will let you know…

  • niki

    30 August 2018 at 07:49

    I am a bit lost. I downloaded PWA in order to edit my Scrivener manuscript.
    I opened the document into PWA and have been going through each section making the changes.
    Now I am half way through and realized. Hey, maybe you are doing this wrong.
    I didn’t really research if this is correct!
    What do I do?
    I have made so many changes in PWA. Is it going to transfer to Scrivener?

  • Dan

    10 July 2018 at 19:45

    I’ve been using Scrivener and prowritingaid together for a short while now. I’m able to move my project from scrivener to PWA without any issues, but how do it get the changes that I make in PWA to transfer back to Scrivener automatically and can this even be done? Thanks for your time.

  • Patsy

    13 June 2016 at 17:32

    I’ve used sites where work can be uploaded and it states which words are used most frequently. That can be interesting.

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