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Wales-based independent writer Karl Drinkwater gives his thoughts and suggestions on the many authoring and editing applications and utilities that help self-published authors make their work as good as possible. The combination of intuitive and personal experiences results in succesful editing andriting. But just as software can analyze thousand of choices per second, software can analyze thousand of words faster and more consistent than a person.
So the clever author uses the instruments that work for them to build a bibliographical collection. In a recent debate with some other authors I found out that they didn't know there were analytical instruments, so here is a synopsis of those I know.
First, however, an outline of my typing process: The first design has failed in the course of history: simply invent detail, let mistakes happen - preferably, one stays in the fictitious realm as long as possible. You can use software to help with the rewrite - they help me to identify and fix frequent mistakes I make - problems like repeated words, duplication, coherence.
At the same time I am learning to prevent these mistakes in the years to come. You can either reread the work out loud (at least the dialog), or let Software/Kindle do it for me. You will get a summarizing view, and if you move down, you will see your text with some of the selected words - move your mouse over them to find out why (the colors should be the same as the thumbnails at the bottom right of the browser).
EditMinion highlights the most important things: removal advisers; faint words: homeonyms; pre-positions at the end of a movement; passives; clichés. It' real time and immediately reports about what you have inserted or entered. Like EditMinion, it will emphasize passiv and adverbic phrases that you may want to make simpler.
This is a pure consistence check, as the name implies - it is not the above tests that are performed, it is a useful supplement and not a substitute. Full license includes an affiliate bank transfer and a subscriptions charge. With AutoCrit you get abstracts and stats about your work, a graphical set length tutorial, frequently used dialog boxes as they think your work compared to fictions about different meter readings, passivity indicators, alerts about possible stereotypes, your most used or repetitive words and sentences, and my favorite article: unneccessary fillers.
An additional low-cost subscriber to ProWritingAid costs only $120 (about 83) for a lifelong membership, which is less than an annual AutoCrit membership. There are detailed accounts of unnecessary words, phrase length, grammatical questions, obscure or abstracted words and so on. It' a remunerated instrument. It will scrape out unnecessary words and suggest substitutions so that you have a short, narrower and cleaner use of the languages.
Though not primarily intended for novels, it has a clear benefit. That' a whole bunch for a simple tools. Like the fact that it ran in my text processing program with its own register card, so no need to load and analyze the document on-line, although the installation of WordRake on my computer was difficult.
Not that I tried, but some authors are fan. Instruments are not a panacea and there will be many misalarms among the useful proposals. Neither are they a substitute for the man. When it is a paying instrument, think about possible utilization models. Because of the costs of AutoCrit, for example, I'm not planning a long-term pass, but when I have a new volume ready, I'll probably sign it up for a whole months and run through my text.
While we are growing as authors, we are learning from many wellsprings. In the course of the years I would say that these utilities would find fewer bugs in your work, as you would have learned from the problems that have occurred in the past. A further excuse to think about how you use it when you think about a membership - over the years you will find less and less use for some of them if you are a reflecting author.
I' ve noted a number of mistakes in my audit report documents. Some of them I can verify in the near distant past without an extern utility (or in connection with CTRL-F in Word). What is your approach to such utilities - hug or not?
What else could you do to make your typing better? He is a full-time writer, editing literature for other authors and has been a highly qualified library owner for over 25 years. His goal is always to tell only one good story. Some of his works include fictional and modern literature, gravelly urbanism, horrors, tension, para-normal, thrillers, sci-fi, romanticism, and more.