Welcome to Wednesday and July 1st. This July 4th we’ll be celebrating 244 years of freedom. It breaks my heart to see how much freedom we’ve given away – or have we allowed it to be taken from us? Socialism is so close. The Illuminati are just a step away from fulfilling its goal of a worldwide takeover.
Please do your research as to what is really happening behind the scenes, especially in troubled America. There is so much more than meets the eye. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll be glad to fill you in, but you owe it to yourself to know the facts.
I’ll get off my soapbox. Let’s get on to writing and my two favorites.
No, I’m not talking about hamburgers or even chicken nuggets. I’m talking about my two favorite editing tools. And no, I’m not being paid to promote these. They just work well for me, and maybe they’d work well for you, too.
The first one is ProWritingAid. There is a free version and a paid version at a reasonable price. PWA claims to be a grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package. And it is.
The free version lets you run reports on style and grammar issues. If you’re willing to spend some cash on an outstanding editor, PWA is running a 25% off sale, but you must act fast. The sale ends at midnight, July 2.
The paid plan offers many upgrades including a thesaurus, a check for repeats, cliches, structure, sticky sentences, and a lot more. One of my students is using it and with wonderful success. I recommend it to you, as well. You can check it out at ProWritingAid.com.
I would also recommend FreeWriter (www.freewritersoftware.com). FreeWriter says of itself, “FreeWriter is a fully featured writing software suite to assist in writing novels and reports. It provides a fresh, new, graphical approach to writing. It includes our revolutionary ‘Thoughts Canvas’ technology to harness your creativity – helping deliver clear, consistent, quality writing.” It fulfills its promise.
And as the name suggests, it’s free. There is also a paid option. Although you can use FreeWriter for any kind of writing, it is especially helpful for writing novels and other fiction.
It is not an editor, but for organization, it can’t be beat. The “Thoughts Canvas” allows you to plan your scenes in minimal outline form using index cards. You can pin ideas using sticky notes to the bulletin board for future use. You can check your word count per chapter using the pie graph and track your overall productivity. There is a section for developing characters and scenes using the “Elements” section. It’s similar to Scrivener, but it’s free. That’s a big plus.
Take a look at these two and let me know what you think. That’s enough for today – and have a happy 4th. See you next Wednesday!