Published on 8th Dec., 2016

Best Free Online Tools for Editing Your Writing

When you’re working on a new article, writing the first draft is only half the battle. The editing process is what makes your work start to shine. Yet no matter how good your first draft is, editing can feel like a chore. To make things easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best free online tools for editing your writing.

After the Deadline

With a basic interface, After the Deadline is easy to use. Simply copy and paste your article or blog post to get started. After the Deadline underlines spelling errors, grammar suggestions, and style suggestions. It’s also great for catching passive voice and clichés.

The Writer’s Diet

Good for articles between 100 and 1000 words, The Writer’s Diet scans your writing for verbs, nouns, prepositions, adjectives & adverbs, as well as ‘it,’ ‘this,’ ‘that,’ and ‘there.’ It gives you a diagnosis anywhere between Lean and Heart Attack, highlighting the words in question so you can easily edit your piece for a better diagnosis.

Grammarly

If you live and die by the spell check feature provided by your word processor, Grammarly will be your new best friend. Grammarly finds more types of errors and often offers an explanation behind the suggested change. Best of all, you can use the simple copy and paste feature on their website or install Grammarly as a browser extension to correct everything you type on the web too.

editMinion

Another great copy and paste tool, editMinion boasts a large host of features for editing your writing. editMinion highlights adverbs, homonyms you may have gotten wrong, and even weak words that might need replacing. It also counts your frequently used words, which is great for catching the filler words you subconsciously fall back on.

Hemingway

The Hemingway editor focuses on the overall readability of your article. With color-coding of sentences that updates in real-time as you edit in the browser, Hemingway almost makes a game out of making your writing as clear as possible. Hemingway also catches overly complicated phrases, adverbs, and passive voice.

Readability Test Tool

While Readability doesn’t highlight your work the way other editing tools do, it offers a handful of statistics on your writing. Readability uses the Flesch-Kincaid scale to give you a reading ease score and grade level. It also gives you the number of sentences, average words per sentence, and even average syllables per word.

With so many free online editing tools available, going through your first drafts doesn’t have to be so painful. Simply build a habit of running all your articles and blog posts through two or three of your favorite online tools. That’s editing made simple!

Robyn Petrik is a freelance writer from Vancouver, Canada, and specializes in writing social media content for creative small businesses. Along with writing, she also spends time painting on her iPad, reading, hiking, and eating too much peanut butter. You can learn more about Robyn at robynpetrik.com and connect with her on Twitter.

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