Every writer struggle with spell checking their own writing. It’s just how our minds work. Thankfully, technology allows us to have different options on spell checking our work. Some of those options are contained within word-processing software such as Microsoft Word, Scrivener, and many others. I’ve included in this post three tech tools for authors that will help you spellcheck your work.
Pro writing aid is an online resource that helps you turn your good writing into great writing. This online software boasts that it will help you improve your readability and eliminate errors in your writing. To utilize this software you cut-and-paste excerpts of your writing into the online form and click the button to “improve my writing”. Afterwards, Pro writing aid will reveal all of the errors contained within your excerpt.
Pulling vocabulary from the majority of written works from hundreds of years of history places Google Spell Checker in a league of it’s own. If you ever wanted to know if you are spelling medical vocabulary or antiquated words correctly, then this option is for you. Microsoft may work for you 95% of the time, but nothing can compare with the breadth of spell checking ability of Google spell checker. Make sure to run your document through this beefy program at least once before you submit it to an agent or editor.
Smart Edit is an amazing program. You can use it as a standalone PC program or integrate it right into word. Smart Edit runs 20 different scans through your document, looking for things like, overused words or phrases, sentence length issues, incorrect word choice, adverbs, etc. It won’t edit or make changes for you, but Smart Edit reporting system can save you countless hours of searching your document looking for your mistakes.
There are many other great spellchecking programs available on the market, but these 3 tech tools should get you started.