Editing is going well! I’ve revised the manuscript, and now I’m gradually putting it through ProWritingAid. This is a software that can detect potential improvements in my writing. It gives me suggestions on style, spelling, grammar, and more.
I love the software. It’s a lot like Grammarly, but cheaper. (And if you sign up for the free membership, be patient–a few days later, they’ll send you a coupon code for the paid version. I paid $25 for a one-year membership.)
My three biggest ProWritingAid takeaways (all demonstrated in the title of this blog post) so far are…
- I use adverbs. Frequently. Some people say a creative writer should use as few adverbs as possible; others say not to worry about it. I fall somewhere in between. I think the adverb is a useful part of speech and shouldn’t be shunned–but I also think my writing will improve if I use them more sparingly. (See, that was a good use of an adverb!)
- I put in a lot of unnecessary commas. I’m grateful to this program for helping me eliminate them. It’ll make my editor’s job easier too. Easier = cheaper, which is good when I’m a new author who hasn’t published any books yet.
- I use the word “that” too often. I’m trying to get rid of the extras!
Soon, beta reading will begin, and I’m both nervous and excited to get the manuscript into my beta readers’ hands!
I don’t enjoy revising as much as I enjoy the initial writing process, but it’s amazing to see a creative project coming together, and these revision steps are crucial.