Is Pro Writing Aid The Best?
A ProWritingAid Review : Pro writing aid is it the best Grammar and spell-checker tool for authors.
I use ProWritingAid daily, and I can say after a year of use that it is a tremendous piece of software. So what makes it so good and why pay for it when Grammarly is FREE? That is the very question I was asking myself a year ago.
ProWritingAid Review in a glance.
- Accurate and powerful grammar tool.
- 25 writing tools and reports.
- Fast and easy to use.
- Integrates well with key writing software.
- Chrome Extension
- In-depth feedback on your writing
- Free Trial
- Free version has a 500 word limit. (At a time)
- Lots of features to learn/use can take some time. (Not a negative for me but may be considered by others)
- Grammarly has a far bigger market share
At A Glance
it’s accurate, easy to use and genuinely affordable.
Read my complete ProWritingAid review. Here are all the details you need to know about ProWritingAid, this little known Grammarly alternative for writers.
Brief background on me.
As a youngster, I was fantastic at maths, physics, tech, etc. I was terrible at English, my grammar and spelling were not very good. This is possibly why I pursued a writing career. Math class was easy. I needed a challenge. The written language was hard. It was a challenge; it was something to conquer.
My report cards always stated things like Robbs’ imagination is to be admired, but he really has to work harder to convey his ideas efficiently and effectively in the written form.
Over the years I have worked hard to master (maybe that is too strong a word), I worked hard to improve my written language skills. When it comes to emails etc, I have used Grammarly for years and find it to be an invaluable tool. It is efficient and catches most of my errors. However, for my books, like Smartphone Smart Marketing, SEO A Layman’s Guide and my latest WIP (work in progress) The Silence In The Song which is an epic fantasy with over 150K words, then I needed a piece of software with more. I was looking for something that could correct grammar and spelling, but also an editing software that had a set of tools that could assist me with the entire project. One that gave me an overview of the writing process and structure of the project and, dare I say, help me learn along the way. This is where Pro Writing Aid comes in.
Pro Writing Aid Work Flow.
First off lets look at my writing process and how Pro Writing Aid integrates to it. After all if it does not integrate into the way you work it doesn’t matter how amazing the tools are. My writing process varies depending on what I am writing. I use Frase.io for writing blogs, Google Docs for writing emails and random stuff, Atticus.io (read my review here) for writing my fiction and on fiction title. Word, because most editors request documents done in word and previously I used Scrivener for many years. Pro Writing Aid integrates with each of these key writing software packages seamlessly, but differently. For me this is a huge plus, the fact that no matter where or what I am writing I have access to the Pro Writing Aid tools.
Frase.io is an SEO writing platform used to optimise blogs and webs content so it is competitive. Frase.io is a web based / cloud based document editor and here it is the Pro Writing Aid Chrome extension that works its magic. Check out Frase here if you want to improve your blogs and check out my book SEO A Layman’s guide if you want to learn some SEO.
The other place I do a lot of writing is in Google Docs via the chrome browser. Pro Writing Aid also integrates completely with Google Docs via a browser extension and allows you to access all of the tools and reports from within Google drive and google docs. However, unlike Frase or Atticus to access the tools is slightly different. With other web based software like Grammarly PWA work on the fly, however in Google Docs you need to go into Extensions, then select ProWritingAid and all the tools are there for you, If that isn’t magical, I do not know what is.
Atticus.io is the new kid on the block, read my review. Atticus integrates seamlessly with Pro Writing Aid. As you write your content is being analysed and suggestions are being generated just like in Frase’s editor. You also have access to all of the reports by clicking on the dot at the bottom right of the page your working on. This opens up the ProWritingAid interface. Seamless integration.
Works via Microsoft Words Add In feature. The add in can be downloaded direct from ProWritingAid.com and then allows you to access of the tools directly from inside your word document.
Scrivener ,I used to use this extremely versatile programme for all my writing tasks, from epic fantasy to detailed Non-fiction business books. It is probably the very best writing tool I have come across for organising large volumes of information efficiently.
And this is where Pro Writing Aid first grabbed my attention. Integration. Pro Writing Aid fully integrates with Scrivener on your desktop, which means I can open up my Scrivener documents in Pro Writing Aid, edit them and then save them and the original Scrivener file will be updated and saved. Brilliant.
Pro Writing Aid Website web editor.
You can also write directly in their web editor, similar to Google docs. It gives you a space to write and obviously all the tools are available.
To sum up ProWritingAid is versatile and with a desktop app, chrome extensions and lots of integration, you will always have access to the tools and the ability to correct grammar mistakes and spelling mistakes.
Pro Writing Aid Reports
It integrates with everything, but what can it do? Is integration really enough for a purchase? For me no. It needed more, a robust set of tools to help me improve my writing and it delivered. The key things that took it beyond the competition are the many reports that ProWritingAid delivers.
I use the spelling and grammar tools continuously as I write, and then when I complete a chapter, article or blog post, I run the final article through various reports.
The key reports I run on almost every chapter written are the summary report, pacing, glue words, sentence length, passive voice, sentence structure and readability, these for me are invaluable. And each adds real insight into my writing style and what I need to improve.
One of my favourite reports is the pacing report, which gives me an indication of the pace and speed of the chapter. I believe this is important in fiction writing. No one wants a slow book (well, maybe they do, but I don’t). Is there too much world-building and not enough action? Is the beginning of the chapter too slow or does it start fast and move towards a bore-fest? As someone invested in writing fast-paced action-adventure this is crucial information. I need a balance of world-building and action, and this tool gives me insight into how my chapter reads.
Another great feature is you can change the reports’ writing style. You cans set it to academic, or business, creative, web, etc. Further more I can compare my fantasy novel against other well know fantasy books like Harry Potter or Lord of the rings and get tailored reports that use these classics as the comparison stick. Amazing.
Detailed look at each report.
The Writing Style Report
The Style Report is part of ProWritingAid’s Writing Tools section. It identifies the common mistakes that writers make in their writing, such as using words that are nunnecessary or using words that are not appropriate.
The Writing Style Report is one of the most popular and comprehensive reports that ProWritingAid offers. It gives you good advice about the way you should write your work and how to improve it. We all know that there is a lot more to writing well than just being able to use the correct words.
The Report highlights several areas that writers should try to improve in order to make their ideas more clear. These include over-reliance on adverbs, repetition in sentence construction, emotional telling, and more. These are exactly the sort of tips that an editor would give you (from my hours on FB author groups it seems many editors use ProWritingAid! Mainly as a resource to check their work). If you are going to send your work to a professional copyeditor, you can save them time by fixing all the errors that are in your writing before sending it to them. Your editor will be able to focus on more important aspects of your work, like your voice. You will receive a much more professional looking piece of writing as a result.
The Grammar Report.
A Grammar Report is an excellent tool to check grammar and spelling.
This tool is like a grammar checker for Word but with super powers. The software uses the very latest artificial intelligence algorithms (AI) to catch errors that Word’s grammar checker misses. But it is not just AI, it is also the thousands of checks that the PWA team of copy editors have performed over their years of proofreading and editing. All this experience and data is fed into the software. When it comes to writing the wrong words i.e.e it is wrong, out of context etc) the software will give you a brief explanation as to why this is different. This ability to understand the words helps you to ensure that you select the correct word every time that you write. You’ll also find out where in your text you have made embarrassing errors. You’ll be able to avoid making them in the future. When you run the report it will give you a score, this lets you know how much the article/chapter needs improvement. Handy.
Overused Words Report
Overused words and phrases are something we are all guilty of. If you use these words or phrases a lot, we may not even be aware that we use them. They become blind to us and this will make your writing appear unprofessional. The overused report finds and highlights them for you.
Writers should be wary of the many words and phrases that show that they are using poor writing techniques. Some words that are used a lot in English, like “very”, weaken your writing slightly and “just” and “maybe” make your writing sound weak. These types of words are fine if used sparingly, but when used regularly, they can seriously damage your writing. PWA will highlight your most problematic words and phrases and help you eliminate them. If you know these words and phrases, you will be able to identify them, and you will be able to avoid using them in the future.
The Clichés and Redundancies Report
This Report Identifies your Common Clichés and redundant information. Cliches are like a bad habbit that lazy writers use to help them get work done. Do not rely on the things that others have written – think creatively about how you can express your ideas. You will get a stronger response from your readers if you use metaphors that are new.
Never use two different words when one is enough to do the job. Redundant words add to the complexity of your writing, but they do not add any value to it. You should use and choose carefully every word in your work for a reason. This report helps you to sort out all the unnecessary details in your writing.
The Sticky Sentence Report
It surprised me at how many of my sentences were removed from my text.
Sticky sentences quickly become useless because they don’t get to the point. They are hard to understand, and rewriting them to be clearer is the best way forward.
There are many words that don’t really mean anything, but they help keep your sentences together: like, in, on, the, of, etc. These empty words are like glue that keeps your writing together. They force readers to wade through your writing to understand what you are saying. It’s estimated that published literature uses less than 10% glue words, and so should your writing. This report will highlight all of your “Glue Words” and allow you to refine your work for better clarity and readability.
This report helps you understand what readers want to read. Writing great material is not about using complicated, rarely used words, but about communicating what you want your readers to know. If readers have to search for the meaning of words to decode your language, they’ll be distracted from what you’re saying. This report uses the popular reading assessments available, including the popular Flesch Reading Ease Score, to identify sentences that readers will find difficult to understand.
The Repetition Check report
This helps you find those words that keep coming up in your sentences repeatedly.
Writers often use the same word many times in one paragraph, because doing that makes them feel good. But repeated words can cause readers to be frustrated–and, worse, distract them from the meaning that you are trying to convey. This report shows you what words and phrases are repeated more than once in your work, so you can use a more diverse vocabulary.
The Sentence Length Report
Writing that uses different sentence lengths keeps the reader’s attention. Some sentences should be short and punchy; others should be long and meaningful. Using different sentence lengths in different places in your sentences adds a musical quality, a rhythm to your writing.
ProWritingAid gives you a visual representation of the different lengths of sentences in your writing, so you can see where you should add more variety.
This is the Pronoun Report
Writers who are not experienced rely on pronouns to keep things moving: He did this, She did that, They ran there, I found out . It’s boring. Published texts contain only about 4 to 15% pronouns. If your writing contains more pronouns than that, you may want to try writing more dynamic sentences.
The transition report
This report analyzes a paragraph’s transition from one idea to another. It shows where your reader may need to pause to re-read a passage. Transition words help your readers smoothly move between different points. You can use transition words like similarly, nevertheless, however, to link together and support your larger ideas. When you use transition words, it shows how you agree with an idea or how two ideas are related. They help show how different ideas affect each other or show how events happen. One in every four sentences should include a transition or some other word that allows your reader to see how important each element is.
Reviews your writing to make sure that it stays consistent. Consistency is essential when writing. It helps your writing appear polished. Consistency checks highlight inconsistencies in spelling, hyphenation, capitalization and punctuation. It checks to see if you consistently write in both American and British English.
It also shows if you are pacing your writing enough to keep the reader engaged.
Great fiction includes fast-paced scenes like describing how things happen or how characters think and what they do, as well as slow-paced scenes that reveal what’s really happening. Both are important in creating characters who are engaging and convincing. You also don’t want your readers to get bored by reading too many long, slow passages. Use ProWritingAid to monitor what happens in slow-paced portions of your writing to ensure that your readers never become bored.
The Dialogue Tags Check
Check to see if you have used the right tags in your writing. Many of the words that you use for dialogue break the cardinal rule of writing: show, don’t tell. You have probably thought a lot about your dialogue tags, so take the time to use ProWritingAid to help you highlight them all and make sure that you are conveying your feelings clearly.
The Contextual Thesaurus
A Thesaurus. Yes, it helps you understand what words we often use in context.
The contextual thesaurus allows you to find similar words for any word by double-clicking it. Our suggestion report reveals words that will help you explain what you said and how you felt. It is also useful to show you what other words would be appropriate for that sentence.
The Diction Report.
If you are writing a very long story (which I am – The Silence In The Song), it is crucial that you use as few words as possible. When it comes to writing, remember that less is more. It is very easy to sound authoritative when you write simple sentences. But often we try to do that by using lots of wordy sentences. This report highlights these unnecessary verbose phrases that should be discarded in favor of more effective language.
A word that you have used many times to convey the same meaning as a word you have used before.
Alliteration creates a pleasant reading experience for most people; it’s used in poetry and creative writing. Use ProWritingAid to help you find and identify alliteration in your writing.
The Homonym Check
Homonyms are words that sound similar to each other but have different meanings. Spellcheckers miss them all the time. ProWritingAid will highlight any word that contains a homonym, so you can double-check that you have put the right word in the right place.
The Acronym Check.
It shows you all the strange acronyms that you have used in your writing.
It is not common for spell-checkers to pick up misspelled or inconsistent acronyms, so having a look at these acronyms will help you quickly spot errors. It will show you all the acronyms that you have used in your text, which will allow you to quickly create a useful reference list to help you.
House Style Check
House Style Check creates reports that look for specific problems based on what you need to do. You can add specific spellings etc. to it so the report flags any deviations. If you are writing for a client, you can input their style guidelines into ProWritingAid, and the software will flag any errors that they flag for you.
This will help you write the report that YOU need.
The Plagiarism Report
Plagiarism checks allow you to find all of the words that others have used in your text. It provides suggestions for the words that you should have used to clarify your message or that you should have avoided altogether. Plagiarism is a big problem for many people, especially those who write academic papers. The plagiarism checker will check more than a billion web pages and articles to make sure that you have properly cited unoriginal content. It is easy for copied material to appear in your work, and the consequences can be disastrous.
You can purchase plagiarism checking credits from the PWA website, which are available for as little as $5.
Pro Writing Aid is an excellent learning resource. As mentioned earlier, I had a lot to learn. PWA gives you lots of resources to learn and improve your grammar and writing style. This comes in the form of a small (i) that gives you information about each tool, just hover over it and it will let you know what the tool is doing. There is also a blog link from each tool giving you an in-depth breakdown of what it is looking for and why. Add to this, there is also a selection of ProWritingAid books that can be downloaded which cover everything from characters, writing novels, becoming a copywriter, editing tips, Pro Writing Aid guide and more. You are getting more than just a tool when you sign up to the premium tool.
Final Words on Pro Writing Aid
I suppose this is a Pro Writing Aid review, however; it is biased as it is the software I use, software that I have purchased and software that I have an affiliate link to (which just means I get a few quid if you buy it through the links on this page. This does not and has not influenced my article. What you have read is my genuine options.) So if you want to improve your writing skill, and become a better writer whilst potentially learning aspects of the English language (Pro Writing Aid can be used as a writing mentor of sorts. I know that the various tools have given me great insight into the construct of the language that had previously confused me) then Pro Writing Aid could be a great tool for you to use.
Will it replace a human editor? Probably not. Will it help you polish your work to the level where you can publish books, possibly? However, I can guarantee it will assist you in wrestling your words into a coherent flow ready to be presented to a human editor or beta reader.
Pro Writing Aid has a Free Version and a Premium version so you can check it out and if it works for you, excellent, if not no problem. I trialled it and here I am an avid fanboy shouting loud to the world about the excellent features that I could not write without. And this is why I think Pro Writing Aid is the very best grammar and spell checker tool for authors.
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Is Pro Writing Aid any good?
It is one of the best writing tools available for authors.
Is Pro Writing Aid better than Grammarly
For authors, possibly. It has over twenty reports for authors that Grammarly does not have.
Can I use Pro Writing Aid for Free?
There is a free version which limits each use to 500 words.
What does Pro Writing AId Cost?
Plans start from Free.
How Long is the Pro Writing Aid Free Trial?
ProWritingAid offers both free and paid versions for its users. You also get to try the premium version for a free trial period of 14 days. You can generate a couple of reports during your free trial. The ProWritingAid Free Version allows you to generate reports up to 500 words.
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Is Pro Wrtiting Aid a keylogger
ProWritingAid doesn’t retain any copyright over the edited material.
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