Great Resources for Freelance Writers

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Those fingers flit over the keyboard as you move between a number of open tabs on the desktop. Hours of intense writing and research culminate in what you hope is your best project yet. You read through it twice to see whether there are any grammar mistakes and take a breather. You get back to your desk, do a final read-through and press that submit key. Instead of the nice pat on the back from the client, you receive a scathing e-mail from the editor pointing out some glaring mistakes in the article. The feedback is half a page of errors and issues and you’re not sure why you got into this in the first place. Take heart! There are a whole lot of resources that make this easier.

Grammarly

Life before Grammarly was filled with errors, and although word processor documents have their own built-in spelling and grammar checkers, you’d be surprised how many things they overlook, especially if the word actually exists. It also points out mistakes that are unforgivable by the Grammar Police such as their, there, and they’re. Users have the option of making use of the free version or upgrading to the Premium version. The Premium version offers users the 250 additional checks, allowing them to provide clear and concise copy. Both the free and the paid versions are available in online applications such as Facebook and Gmail, as well as word processing documents such as Microsoft Word.

  • Free Version: Yes
  • Upgrade Period Options: Monthly, Quarterly, or Annual
  • Optional Corrections: Yes
  • In-document Editing: Yes

WordRake

If you’re known to take a long way round in telling a story, an editor has most likely already cited you for wordiness. WordRake alleviates this issue by removing all the words that make sentences heavy and filled with fluff and filler content. Users have the option of going with the recommendations or not. This is a must-have for those who do their own edits. Users have the option of purchasing the program for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, or both. Users decide between the one, two, or three-year option.

  • Free Version: No, only a 7-day trial
  • Upgrade Period Options: 1, 2, or 3-yearly
  • Optional Corrections: Yes
  • In-document Editing: Yes

Pro Writing Aid

This is a tool that simply has it all. It takes care of additional grammar issues, long sentences, sticky sentences, phrases, cliches, pretty much the whole caboodle. This is the perfect tool to use for copy that needs to be flawless and you have a bit of time to spend on editing. The free version picks up all the errors, however, the user will need to fix it in their document, whereas the paid version allows users to edit in document. Users have the option of signing up for the program for 1,2, or 3 years or opt for the lifetime use.

  • Free Version: Yes
  • Upgrade Period Options: 1, 2, or 3 years, or lifetime
  • Optional Corrections: Yes
  • In-document Editing: Only with paid option

Having the correct tools will help with all the minor details, allowing the user to work on the flow of the piece. There is no substitute for self-editing, however, and users are recommended to do a thorough read-through to ensure nothing was missed. Of all the editing software I’ve used throughout my career, these have provided me with the most satisfying results.

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