You’re all done with writing; now you’re editing your book.
Editors cost money, so you’ve done as much self-editing as you can. Self-editing is vital, because:
Leaving aside the fact that if you dump a mess into an editor’s lap it will cost you a small fortune to get it cleaned up, your own editing is important, because:
- It’s your chance to discover the story you want to tell (this applies to both nonfiction and fiction);
- It’s your big chance to make your book better.
But what if you’re on a self-publishing budget, and can’t afford an editor?
Editing your book takes time (and money)
Recently I started revamping and republishing several of my older books, published years ago.
Rather than hire an editor, I decided to try an app.
My reasoning? Using an app’s faster than hiring an editor. Although these books have been edited, I’m revising and rewriting scenes, so an app might help me to catch typos and other errors.
Also, I’ve never tried any of the editing apps. Since they’re proliferating, they must be useful, so I decided to download ProWritingAid.
ProWritingAid: amazingly useful
My expectations were low. I’ve been writing professionally for 40 years so — an app? Surely you kid….
After a month of serious use, I can report that ProWritingAid is useful.
Not only does it catch obvious errors like typos, but it also tightens up my writing.
Another benefit: we authors can get a little precious about our words.
However, once you’ve dumped your precious words into ProWritingAid, they no longer seem as sacred. You’ll slash and burn with abandon, and your writing gets better.
Check out a writing app or two: you may be as surprised as I was
I’ll do a proper review of ProWritingAid soon.
The app has also inspired me to take a look at other writing apps. As soon as I get time, I’ll be looking at Grammarly and others to see how they compare with ProWritingAid.
Hard as it is to admit, I’ve been properly humbled by ProWritingAid. Anything which improves your writing is a good thing.
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