The Best Editing Tools for Creative Writers

By Robert Morris

Have you ever been so consumed by the creative writing process that you were left with no energy for the editing part? That happens to most writers. We don’t have a problem to spend days on a short story or blog post, but even a single hour of editing makes us exhausted. The following editing tools will help you get through the challenge more easily!

Wridea – Creative writers get ideas all the time. Unfortunately, we tend to forget most of them when we don’t write them down. This online app will help you save and organize your ideas, as well as to share them with selected friends. Then, you can easily add more details during the editing stage and make the content perfect.

Poetica – If you are ready to receive some constructive criticism from fellow writers, Poetica is the right destination for you. It doesn’t matter whether you are working on a blog post, email or Word document, you can easily share it on this platform and get some help during the editing stage. You will easily figure out who made the changes and recover any deleted ideas if you don’t agree with the suggestions.

GoodNotes – If you miss the old-style editing process and want to add handwritten notes, you can download this app on your smartphone or tablet and make the needed highlights without printing the pages. In addition to writing notes by hand, you can also use this app to mark-up PDFs and sketch diagrams.

WriteRoom – This is the ultimate writing platform for all authors who are lured by distractions. The word processor launches you into a full-screen writing environment that’s free of unnecessary clutter. When you’re left with the Flaubert manuscriptblank screen, your eyes and mind will become more focused. As for the editing process, it’s much simpler when you see your text in a clean format.

EditMinion – The design of this website is not that appealing, but you shouldn’t underestimate its effectiveness. You can simply paste the text in the blank field, and the automated tool will identify spelling and grammar errors. The tool identifies homonyms, prepositions, passive voice, weak words, clichés, and more.

Grammarly – This tool identifies 10 times more errors than your usual word processor. In addition to grammatical mistakes, Grammarly also highlights poor vocabulary usage and contextual spelling errors. You can use it on the web as well, so you can always make sure that you’re writing properly on Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platforms.

WordCounter – All writers have habit words they use redundantly and repetitively. WordCounter is an online tool that will not only provide you with a correct word count, but will also rank the word frequency in your text. If you are implementing keywords in an article, you can use WordCounter to check their density. Although the tool is still in beta testing, it functions impeccably and is useful for all writers who want to improve their vocabulary.

Ninja Essays – Automated tools can surely help you catch some errors in your writing, but they won’t substitute a real editor. At essay writing service, you can hire editors for an affordable price and get your content fixed by the deadline you determine. The editors are qualified to handle content from different niches, so their corrections go beyond grammar and spelling; they also pay attention to the style and logical flow of the content.

Penflip – This minimalist markdown editor helps you create your work online in a collaborative environment. You can send a link to anyone you would like to receive feedback or editing assistance from. You can easily control the version of the document and go back to a previous version. Penflip enables you to download the content you’ve created in a properly formatted eBook with a single click.

After the Deadline – You can compose your text directly on the website, or past a document you’ve created in your word processor. Then, the automated tool will provide you with feedback that includes style and grammar suggestions, as well as spelling errors.

Who thought the editing process could be made so simple? As soon as you start using the ten tools listed above, you’ll fall in love with your work all over again.

Robert Morris is a freelance writer from NYC. Loves travelling and crime fiction. Circle Robert on Google+!

Image: Manuscript page of Flaubert’s A Simple Heart, 1877; Wikimedia Commons; public domain.


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  2. This is a fantastic list; thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  4. This is great! Thanks for sharing. I wasn’t familiar with any of these. I might have to try a few out. Wordcounter sounds useful but I’m not too sure about Grammarly!

  5. Sweet. I will check these out later when I have some time.

  6. Nice , thanks

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  8. Reblogged this on writerhime and commented:
    Some awesome editing tools. I needed this!

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  10. Thanks! I am going to check out Wridea. I use Grammarly regularly.

  11. Wow, this is so helpful! I’ve bookmarked three of these sites, and I’m definitely going to use them. Thanks!

  12. WordCounter – that’s what I need. Thanks

  13. These are all great suggestions, thanks! I’m bookmarking this page. Hemingway Editor is also a good tool. I use it consistently. You enter a sample of your writing and it tells the appropriate reading level for your work based on a variety of factors.

  14. Oh wow! I didn’t know there were things like this. I’m definitely going to try EditMinion. Thank you!

  15. Reblogged this on Love, Laughter, and Life and commented:
    Tools for the writer.

  16. Reblogged this on blindoggbooks and commented:
    A list of editing tools for authors and creative writers. Please note that these tools should not be used in lieu of a qualified professional editor.

  17. Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    Here is a great list of writing tools for all writerly people.

  18. Where can I find Grammarly and EditMinion for download?

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  20. Reblogged this on A Shot and a Half Pint and commented:
    Best editing tools compiled! Will definitely be trying out some of these!

  21. There are a few others that I can recommend. They are PerfectIt and Ginger. I use them all the time and they catch so much that I and Word misses. Here’s a little article editing your book I wrote.

  22. Where have these been all my life through my college career. Thank you for this awesome compilation! Writing tools these days really do come in all shapes and sizes…

  23. Reblogged this on Kentucky Mountain Girl News and commented:
    KMGN: This is VERY useful information.

  24. Reblogged this on followthevoid and commented:
    I had no idea there were so many editing tools! Reblogging for future use. :)

  25. Thanks for sharing these resources. Going to have to check them out

  26. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    The title says it all :D

  27. Maybe Monkey not wrong. Maybe different writers use different tools even now. :)

  28. Hey thanks, this was very helpful. I ran the humor essay I scheduled to publish tomorrow through EditMinion and found a couple of things to be corrected.

  29. monkey wonder how mr mark twain & mr charles dickens & miss jane austen & etc manage ever for write anything. monkey guess maybe it 100 % different world they live in without distraction of electronic crack & connectivity. but maybe monkey wrong.

  30. Love this. Thanks for sharing! If you’re ever interested in some great book reviews and musings, be sure to follow! Thanks!!!