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Modern Writer's Toolbox V

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 5:24 AM
Welcome to the modern writer's tools project, designed to bring you the ultimate secret tools of writing that are scattered throughout the web!

Many, many thanks to the wonderful justMANGO who had originally come up with this and placed a great deal of effort to bring it to life.



Section V: Editing and Formating



Disclaimer: The following apps will not do your editing work for you, you still have to do it yourselves, but these apps will make it easier to spot mistakes and fix them. Whether to take an app's advice is completely up to the writer.


Grammarly

Grammarly is an English language writing-enhancement platform developed by Grammarly, Inc., and launched in 2009. Grammarly's proofreading and plagiarism-detection resources check more than 250 grammar rules.

Pros:
  • Grammarly scores high in accuracy.
  • Easy to use.
  • Offers great feedback to help you learn grammar rules.


Cons:
  • It's not always 100% right, sometimes it offers unneeded changes. Users will have to be aware of grammar rules to know when to accept suggestions made by the software.
  • Some text errors can go unnoticed so users will have to continue to proofread their text after Grammarly has completed an analysis..


Price:Free, 29$ monthly fee for primium.
Compatibility: Windows and browser integration.
Learning Curve: Easy.

Screenshot from website


Suggested by illuminara



Hemingway Editor

Hemingway Editor is a website (and an app) used to help writers identify ways to improve their writing. The site allows writers to write on it or copy and paste previously written pieces. Once turned onto editing mode, it will identify common writing mistakes.

Pros:
  • Easy to use. You can cut and paste your writing into the editor or write on the space provided on the site.
  • The Editing mode color-codes aspects of a submission that need editing.
  • It gives a sense of readability, rating a submission with a grade level with which it would coincide.


Cons
  • The editor only tells writers what to change, not why to change it
  • Pasting a long text into the editor will cause it to break and you will lose your changes. The website version doesn't save the changes.


Price:Free browser version, 19.99$ for the desktop app.
CompatibilityWindows, Mac.
Learning curve:Easy.

screenshot from website.


Suggested by illuminara, raspil, doughboycafe, Balaria



Readable.io

Readable.io is a collection of tools for improving the quality of your writing. It helps you score your text and measure readability, speaking time, etc. It's a lot like Hemingway.

Pros
  • Easy to use.
  • Offers a lot of useful statistics about your text.

Cons
  • Uploading word docs and other features are locked under premium.
  • The grading system is incorrect, it'll always grade an A.
  • Some of the newer statistics are also buggy, so don't take it to the heart.

Price:Free, 3$ monthly for premium.
CompatibilityBrowser based.
Learning curveEasy.

screenshot from website.


Suggested by HugQueen



Edit Minion

Edit Minion is a robotic copy editor to help you refine your writing by finding common mistakes. To get started, paste a chapter of writing into the box above and click Edit!

pros:
  • Easy to use, various checking options.
  • Suggests good changes for improving grammar and style.


Cons:
  • Too much text pasted at once will break the script.

Price:Free.
CompatibilityBrowser based.
Learning curveEasy.


screenshot from website.





AutoCrit

AutoCrit is an online manuscript editing tool enabling fiction writers to quickly and effectively self-edit their work anytime, anywhere.

pros:
  • The tool is easy to use once you get the hang of it.
  • AutoCrit doesn't change anything automatically.
  • You can customize it to your needs.
  • Super fast processing, even when pasting long text.


Cons:
  • When you paste text directly from Word, AutoCrit messes up the formatting a bit.
  • Requires an email to get the review.


Price:Free analyzing, 29.97$ for full access to site.
CompatibilityBrowser based.
Learning curveEasy.


screenshot from website.




ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid ProWritingAid is totally free writer software. You can use our Free Editing Software to help you edit your writing. Editing your writing is often the hardest part about writing.

pros:
  • It’s not about grammar and spelling but it examines your content from several different editing viewpoints.
  • You can add it into MS Word as an add-in.
  • Available for free.
  • Available for online, download and add-in.


Cons:
  • Sometime using the “Help” function is little bit difficult.
  • Some of its reports are hard to understand..
  • Need a fast internet connection to use the add-in version.
  • Can only process 500 words at a time in the free version.


Price:Free, 140$ for lifetime premium.
CompatibilityBrowser based, windows.
Learning curveEasy.


screenshot from website.





The Punctuation guide

The Punctuation Guide a useful guide to revise the punctuation rules.


Price:Free
CompatibilityIt's a website.
Learning curveEasy.


screenshot from website.


Suggested by illuminara



Section VI: Cloud Storage:



Cloud storage provides easy access to your files everywhere. It's a useful way to keep your writing going if you constantly change machines and don't want to wait to go back to your original workstation to continue writing.
Here are some of the cloud services you might find useful:

:bulletgreen:Microsoft One Drive: Cloud storage and also comes equipped with a built-in free version of Microsoft office which includes a free 2016 Word you can use online to write. Requires a Hotmail account to access.

:bulletred:GoogleDrive: Cloud storage and also contains a built-in free word editor.

:bulletblue:DropBox: basic cloud storage.

:bulletorange:SugarSyn: basic cloud storage, paid service.

:bulletyellow:Box: Basic cloud storage, might be blocked by some ISPs.

:bulletblack:iCloud: basic cloud storage, for people with Apple accounts only.




This is the last installment of Writer's Toolbox. You can find the other four here:

Modern Writer's Toolbox IWelcome to the modern writer's tools project, designed to bring you the ultimate secret tools of writing that are scattered throughout the web!
Many, many thanks to the wonderful justMANGO who had originally come up with this and placed a great deal of effort to bring it to life.
Section I: Markdown & Markup, Plain Text Editors
Ai Writer:
Ai Writer is a plain text editor that's designed to provide a good writing experience for Mac, Android and IOs. It's simple and quick, serves the intended purpose and not CPU intensive.
pros:
Markdown and Preview.Easy UI.Custom templates, documents library, and cloud sync.
Price:9.99$ Mac
3.99$ IOS.
Compatibility:Mac, IOS, Android.;

screenshot from website.
Suggested by illuminara
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Modern Writer's Toolbox IIWelcome to the modern writer's tools project, designed to bring you the ultimate secret tools of writing that are scattered throughout the web!
Many, many thanks to the wonderful justMANGO who had originally come up with this and placed a great deal of effort to bring it to life.
Section II: WYSIWYG Word Processors / Rich Text Editors
Scrivener
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.
Pros:
Offers the ability to edit multiple documents.
Corkboard option for better organization of your drafts.
Ability to add tags to specific things.
Cons:
There's a learning curve.
The in-depth tutorial might take a couple hours to get through.The proprietary file format means you can't easily open your files on another program.
Price:40$, free trial availabl
Modern Writer's Toolbox IIIWelcome to the modern writer's tools project, designed to bring you the ultimate secret tools of writing that are scattered throughout the web!
Many, many thanks to the wonderful justMANGO who had originally come up with this and placed a great deal of effort to bring it to life.
Section III: Distraction-free Editors / Compelled Writing / Time Tracker
FlowState:
FlowState is a write or lose type of app. Choose how long you want to write, then enter a flow session. If you exit early, or stop typing for longer than five seconds, all progress is lost. The only way to save your work is by writing until the timer ends.
Pros
You write a lot in a short space of time.
Easy to use UI and a clean theme.
Cons
No ability to set how long the timeout is. If you stop for more than 5 seconds you lose your text.
It lacks a convenient text export mechanisms.
It suffers f

Modern Writer's Toolbox IVWelcome to the modern writer's tools project, designed to bring you the ultimate secret tools of writing that are scattered throughout the web!
Many, many thanks to the wonderful justMANGO who had originally come up with this and placed a great deal of effort to bring it to life.
Planning / Information Collection / Note Keeping
Scapple:
Scapple is an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them. It isn’t exactly mind-mapping software—it’s more like a freeform text editor that allows you to make notes anywhere on the page and to connect them using straight dotted lines or arrows.
Pros
Customizable. You can customize your styles, background and font as you wish.
Flexible. It gives you the freedom to use visual thinking without the hierarchical rigidity of a mind map.
Cons
There has been no up


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NineFireStar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018   General Artist
You missed the in my opinion best editing software - Scrivener.
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
scrivener is in part 2 of these articles :)
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Lily-Lucid Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
So far, I LOVE Hemingway Editor and Edit Minion!
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
noice :D 
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Lily-Lucid Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
YEAH! I have a feeling it'll be a great tool for NanoWriMo.. or maybe POST-Nanowrimo, since I'd have to jot the stuff down before I edit it.
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Syramoon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Not to ask a silly question, but I thought ProWriting Aid did much more than 500 words? I remember using it for somewhere in the range of three thousand words while I was editing some time earlier this year.

Unless that's specifically for the add-in version, then ignore everything I've said lol. I haven't used the add-in version, just the web version.
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You can copy paste as much text as you want but the free version will only process the first 500 in the browser site. I don't know about the add-on.
Perhaps you have the paid version? 
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Syramoon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really weird then because I'm too poor to purchase it lol. I was definitely going through it in around 3000 word chunks. I remember it yelling at me that it couldn't do any more than that due to being the free version. Maybe it's a new update since I did that work, which is a real shame. It was actually super useful before that change.
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
you can still do it by just pasting 500 words at a time instead of 3k 
i tested it before i posted it here and it told me it can only process 500 so there's that, but luckily it works fine, no blocked features, just tedious copy/paste
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Syramoon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I don't know if I'd want to go 500 by 500 through a 130k manuscript :laughing: which was what I was going to use it for when I got back to that one some time after NaNoWriMo this year. The 24k one I originally did with it wouldn't be too bad, but anything too long and the tedium of copy/paste will kill me. I'm going to have to look at some other options because I did like PWA's service. Good thing you've got a list up there :D :heart:
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha yeah, that'd be extremely unconvenient to do so :lmao: 
hmm Hemingway would be the choice i guess, but even with that, it's a big risk to copy/paste that much text into it. writeminion might work well too but for something that large in one go, PWA might be best :\ not sure if the add-on would work differently than the browser version though , didn't test that one out
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Syramoon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I don't mind breaking it into chunks, it's just 500 versus a larger number lol. I'll probably go for like Writeminion. Break it into my chapters and just do a chapter at a time, which is generally what I planned on at first, just... not so tiny of chunks :laughing:
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Indra1408 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
most welcome :huggle: 
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Slick-is-me Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Hobbyist
Useful!
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yes indeed :D 
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017
Now this is very interesting and useful!
Time to go back and look up the rest of the series!
Thank you!
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
you're most welcome, happy it helped :)
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GreatKingToro Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017
I'd like to thank you for this, because this is something I believe a lot of young writers have needed for quite some time.
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
you're most welcome, happy it helped :)
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