Last Updated on: April 15th, 2021
I want to give you access to the 10 best editing tips and 10 best editing tools for writers, and that’s why I accepted Kenneth Waldman’s proposal for an article on this topic.
Here it is!
Do You Need an Editor?
Yes. Every writer needs an editor; it’s essential for success.
Technology is providing an endless amount of resources and there is no shame in receiving support. Everyone has their own unique practices, but even for the best it can become overwhelming.
Mistakes are human, as is writer’s block. The web is basically making the entire ordeal more manageable. There are several user-friendly choices that can save you time and increase productivity.
But since no writer is created equal, neither are the tools and tips presented. Start with determining your weaknesses to achieve your objectives.
The following list has narrowed down some of the most recommended options and beneficial advice. There is likely an advantageous source for everyone.
We all know the editing struggle is real. Find some solace and expand your skill with these suggestions. Continue reading to check out the 10 best editing tools for writers and the 10 awesome editing tips!
You can also download my bonus checklist of 17 Editing Tips for Writers!
The 10 Best Editing Tools For Writers
This time-tracker integrates with your email or Google Docs and is useful for writers who work with various clients. It’s tough to keep it all organized. Use Toggl to outline priorities, track work time (on and offline) and export timesheets.
Here is a great review of Toggl so you can see how easy it is to use!
Scrivener was originally created to assist with long manuscripts, but is also praised by web writers. The first-rate tool lets the user organize with folders, labels and statuses and has an automatic back up to Dropbox.
Essaymama.com is an online agency and invaluable source for students and professionals. Their team consists of PhD holders in various fields of study and is accompanied by a truly inspirational blog
Even the finest writers and/or educators have to deal with plagiarism issues. Plagtracker.com is a comprehensible service of qualified professionals. They perform an in-depth scan of any essay to ensure no plagiarized content is ever submitted.
Evernote is one of the most popular apps available. It offers transcription abilities and its own “ask a professional” feature, but its aptitude to compile research from several sources (online articles, personal notes, photos, videos and audio files) is its unique quality.
ProWritingAid.com provides guidance in general readability and removing errors. Available for use with Microsoft Word, Google Docs and API, the free version of the tool is accommodating for individuals, offering plagiarism scans and a blog full of encouragement.
The free app is unpretentious and allows the user to capture text notes (automatically updated on all devices) and to tag and search them for convenience. It permits sharing of lists and ideas and is best used on the go. (It also pairs nicely with Scrivener).
GoodNotes is awesome for writers who still feel most comfortable with pen and paper. They call it “Digital Ink” and it saves handwritten notes on your devices, allows you to mark directly on pdf files and syncs directly to your iCloud.
Write.app is a personal online notebook that provides a protected, distraction-free atmosphere. It come with theming options, publishing capabilities and encrypts all documents (on and offline) for double security.
Ilys.com is a brilliant creativity tool. It first requires a word count and does not allow editing until the given word count has been achieved. This can force a writer to change the way they think, thus enhancing the creative process.
10 Awesome Editing Tips For Writers
Language and culture are constantly evolving, and with them so is the skill of writing. There will always be fresh knowledge and ways to improve. Even when using outside tools, the writing process begins with you. Use these 10 tips to push your writing and editing talents to the next level.
- READ MORE. Read every single day. Writing and reading cannot exist without the other. You will become inspired and less likely to make mistakes.
- KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. Understand whom you are writing for or with whom you are connecting. Realize how to use your voice.
- DO YOUR RESEARCH. Write what you know. And if you don’t know, research. The more information you have, the better your writing will be.
- CREATE A RITUAL. Set the tone and build your writing atmosphere. Maybe it’s coffee houses, bars, or classical music. Do what works for you and escape the world.
- KNOW THAT ONLINE WRITING IS DIFFERENT. If writing for the web, understand how to structure your writing accordingly.
- ASK FOR HELP. Share your writing and collaborate. Trusted professionals and peers are best, but any set of fresh eyes can be a valued resource.
- CUT THE CRAP. Force yourself to remove run-on sentences and repetitive information. It can be challenging, so take control of your own content.
- HAVE A NOTE-TAKING SYSTEM. Jotting ideas down habitually is one of the best things you can do. A system will help you to remember thoughts and organize your brain.
- PAY ATTENTION TO MISTAKES. Most writers tend to repeat the same errors. If you are able to acknowledge your mishaps, then you can begin to avoid them.
- READ YOUR WORK ALOUD. Speak slowly and clearly. This will force you to notice issues that you might not have caught otherwise and is imperative for ensuring readability.
You can also download my bonus checklist of 17 Editing Tips for Writers!
There are limitless ways to further your career and abilities as a writer. Writing is a self-motivated profession. Nobody is going to hold your hand; you have to want to be better. So why wait to improve?
These suggestions are worth a shot. Find what works best for you and use it to your advantage. Technology and the web are creating a huge network at your disposal.
I urge all writers to discover their happy place and editing groove, it can be essential in reaching your full potential.
Your Turn To Share!
Do you use any of these tips or tools already? Do you have any more to add to the list? Leave a comment and let the rest of us in on your editing and writing secrets! (And please share this post on social media! Thanks!)
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Kenneth Waldman is a passionate freelance writer, digital journalist and content creator who provides his services through different platforms. Majoring in English Language and Literature, he believes the power of words can change the world for the better. Kenneth draws his inspiration out of the traveling and sports. Get in touch with him on Linkedin and follow him on Twitter (@)!