Blog Editing Tools To Kickstart Your Content

7 Blog Editing Tools

1. Grammarly

Popular with members of my Facebook group this is a tool I’ve become rather attached to. You see, I’m a bad speller, always have been. It doesn’t matter how hard I try, I fail to spell well. Spellcheckers have worked to a certain extent but there’s something about Grammarly. It seems to find errors that other don’t.

I’m sure you’ve come across this tool but if you haven’t you are going to thank me for introducing you to it. It’s a web app and a browser extension (an app that adds function to your internet browser) that points out spelling and grammatical errors as you type.

So far it sounds like a standard spell checker right? The difference is that when you click on the underlined word or phrase it offers you the correct spelling or grammar.

There’s a free basic version or you can upgrade for $29.95 per month (less if you subscribe for a quarter or year). Premium features include a plagiarism checker, advanced grammar check and vocabulary enhancement suggestions.

2. Hemingway

This is a long time favourite tool of mine (I mentioned it most recently back in episode 87 on clarity). Hemingway editor, named after the author cuts the bloat from your text and makes it more readable.

When you paste your text in it highlights problematic text. It will show you if your sentences are too long if you’ve included ‘passive voice’ too many adverbs and complex words.

If you love this app as much as I do the desktop app priced at $19.99 lets you work offline and will export the finished version to WordPress or Medium.

3. Readable.io

I’ve read some pretty hardcore academic papers and I’m often surprised at how easy they were to read. The concepts may be complex but the writing isn’t. If professors and doctors of science can make their writing concise so can we.

Readable.io is a tool that grades your writing to show how easy or hard it is to read. Paste your text into the window and it will give you an overall grade and scores for the most well-known readability tests.

Like Hemingway, it highlights problematic text. If you move your cursor over these highlights it will tell you how to improve the readability.

4. Power Thesaurus 

Since I was a child in school the Thesaurus has been my best friend. My very first one is sitting on the bookshelf, dog-eared, spine broken but still one of the best books I own.

I love it because I know there are certain words and phrases I overuse. I know sometimes my language can seem a bit tired.

I’m lazy now. Instead of pulling that book off the shelf I use the internet. Up until recently, I’d found the online thesaurus tools limited but then I found ‘Power Thesaurus’.

It’s a crowd-sourced tool that offers a tonne of alternative words and phrases. I love it, it’s cut down on the time I spend searching for just the right word and I’m finding interesting, quirky alternatives that never appeared in the other online tools.

As well as being a Thesaurus you can find out how to pronounce words and get definitions.

5. Typley

According to the Editors blog:

“…clichés serve to make the reading bland and stale”

And it’s true, those common, overused phrases make your writing generic and boring. It can be hard to keep them out of your writing though. That’s where Typley comes in.

Paste your text and it will highlight troublesome phrases. You can then tackle them one by one.

It also includes some other nice features including calming background noise, a Pomodoro style timer and the ability to export to Google Docs.

Thanks to Mehernaz Jila from ‘The Copywriter’ Facebook group for introducing me to this too.  

6. ProWritingAid

Wow, this incorporates almost all the features of the tools above and more. I’m seriously considering the $40 annual fee for my book editing.

It checks spelling and grammar, has an inbuilt thesaurus, picks up on cliches and overused words and that’s just what I’ve learned from 10 minutes playing around on it.

You get a good overview report or you can check each individual section.

7. The Writer’s Diet

For a quick overview of your writing, The Writer’s Diet test will analyse your writing and tell you if it’s too bloated. If you score badly you’re going to need a serious edit. luckily I did OK…

 

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