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3 Editing Programs Every Writer Should Use

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I’ve been writing for ages, as most writers will tell you. I have not, however, been writing “online” until a few years back. I was “old school”, preferring pen and paper, and I have all the notebooks to prove it. There really is something special about putting pen to paper. It’s magic.

But since time waits for no man, I have had to limit my pen and paper writing and convert to a laptop. This has shaved hours off my day as I’m no longer transcribing my chicken scratch, but I found I had a lot to learn if I was to maintain a profitable day, time-wise.

Let me introduce you to three editing programs I use almost daily. Want to know the best part? All three programs are FREE!

Grammarly

If you do any amount of writing online, you need to install this on your computer. I have it installed not only on my desktop but also on my phone.

I have always had a knack for spelling, but grammar is not my strong suit. The proper use of tenses is the stuff my nightmares are made of. haha! I struggle with it on the daily.

But now I don’t have to. Grammarly has my back. The program checks my words as I type them and suggests changes as needed. It’s like having a portable teacher with you at all times, minus the grades.

OR, you can upload a document onto their website and edit your work that way.

Grammarly Editing Program

If you have the free version, you get the editing basics. With Premium, the options increase but I have never upgraded so I cannot give a review on that half.
Grammarly Editing Program

If you NEED this in your life, download it for FREE here: Grammarly

 

Canva

Ok, so technically this isn’t an editing tool but it is just as valuable for your online presence and writing career!

If you have been blogging for any amount of time, you may be familiar with Canva. But you do not have to be a blogger to find this website useful.

In fact, I used Canva to create this sign for my book signing table:

Canva

Canva has templates for all your social media pages, posters and more! Its drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to navigate and even offers free photos for your use.

Canva Editing Program

Upgrading to premium offers even more options such as integrating the color palette of your website and storing custom templates.

Canva Editing Program

If you use images on your website or for your business, you will love Canva!

You can check it out here: Canva

Pro Writing Aid

If I were to choose a favorite amongst the three, although they differ in services, I would say this editing program wins out.

It is the only program I have purchased a subscription through because I use it extensively. As a writer, I need to edit thousands of words a day and the free option only provides editing on 500 words at a time.

Which is great if you only need a page or blog post edited. (Or if you want to check out why I think Pro Writing Aid is so incredible!) But for me, I needed something large scale and their premium version delivers.

Ok, so what does Pro Writing Aid do?

You upload a document (or text) and select from over 20 editing tools ranging from Grammar to Sentence Length to Readability.

Pro Writing Aid Editing Program

Adverbs are the bane of my existence. I pop them like candy in everything I write and have the hardest time finding them when I edit. Pro Writing Aid highlights all those adverbs and passive tenses which slow my sentences. I would pay for this one service alone!

When I say this editing program is a writer’s best friend, I make no exaggeration. If you want to try it out, you can download for FREE here: Pro Writing Aid

Editing Programs

Ok, now it’s YOUR turn! What program do you use? Which of these editing programs have you tried? Tell me what you use and why in the comments. I’m always open to trying new things!

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