Hi Everyone, this review is about Pro Writing Aid (hence the imaginative post title). Please rest assured that I NEVER use sponsored links on my site, so every review is completely honest and unbiased.
I have never taken any writing classes (as you can probably tell from my posts), so I had a lot of fears when I started to write. Many for them centered around grammar, cliches, overused words etc. I used to read articles (and still do), but although there is a lot of great information out there, none of it was specific to me. So, I was struggling along, and then I happened across some online solutions that would run through your text and pick out the rookie mistakes for you. AMAZING.
Unfortunately, the first site I came across was Autocrit
Now, I don’t mean to bash, but Autocrit are not generous with the freebies, and by ‘not generous’, I really mean ‘so tight they squeak’ – ok, I meant to bask a little…. I have a job, but it doesn’t pay well, so the idea of spending $80 just to be able to edit a chapter was not an option. The free version only lets you look submit 500 words for analysis, and most of the analytic capabilities are only for premium users. So, when it comes to Autocrit, the free version is essentially a waste of you time, and (for me at least) the paid version is too expensive. The free version of Pro Writing Aid is, however, fantastic! It actually offers more options than the paid version of Autocrit AND allows you to edit an unlimited amount of text.
You can get reports on overused words, cliches, punctuation, bad sentence structure, sentence length, and many, many more. Plus there are a bunch of fun tools, like creating cool word clouds (the one below is from my prologue):
Pro Writing Aid Premium for Free!
Finally, I have a great piece of advice for you. The premium version of Pro Writing Aid has an amazing Microsoft Word plugin which I can’t live without anymore, and you can become a premium member for 1 year FREE. All you have to do is earn 250 loyalty points, which you can do by using the free editor 1000 times. Sure, it takes a lot of clicks, but just insert some text and click away while you watch TV. I did it, and now I am a Premium member for FREE. If it sounds too terrible, you can always check out their badges section to find another way to get the 250 points, but this system worked fine for me. Also, don’t worry if your points don’t appear immediately, it takes a couple of days for them to appear in the system.
That’s it for my review. As you can tell, I am a huge fan of this piece of software. What about you? Do you use Pro Writing Aid or something else? Let me know in the comments. If you enjoyed this article and would like to hear about new ones: