But even good writers make mistakes.
Have you ever published a blog post you thought was perfect, only to realize after it’s gone out to your entire email list and your social accounts that there’s a typo? Dude. Face, meet palm.
First thing, why is it always after?! It can be something in plain sight, and we totally miss it on the first (or second or third) pass. And second thing, you’re not alone.
We all have writing slip ups. There are some days I just can’t grammar (yeah, I know what I said). I can’t spell entrepreneur without spell check (It’s that one “u.” I always forget which “e” it goes by!)
So, let’s make our lives just a little easier. Here are proofreading 6 tools that will help you write better.
Slick Writer. This editor is straight to the point. Type or copy your content into the site and it will check for any grammar errors, stylistic mistakes and punctuation mistakes. In the settings, customize your proofreading needs. You can set it to alert you to certain mistakes such as the use of passive voice, use of adverbs, wordy phrases and more. You can also choose how many words a “long” sentence is, or whether or not you want to include slang or clichés.
Hemingway Editor. If you have a habit of writing longer sentences, this editor is perfect for you. It identifies any long or hard to read sentences. It will also point out too many adverbs or the usage of passive voice. What also makes this editor great is that is gives you an overall readability score. You may have heard it’s best to write at a 6th-8th grade level; this editor will help you do that.
Grammarly. Grammarly says they will make you a better writer by correcting up to 10 times the mistakes your word processor will. Not too shabby. But does it work? Well, Grammarly does find grammar mistakes your spell check just overlooks. It ensures you have the same verb tense throughout your content, and will even give you synonym suggestions to help you clarify your thoughts better.
Grammar Check. While they do offer a deep check (paid, of course) that does a bit more, the free check will point out spelling errors, as well as grammar and style suggestions. Simply cut and paste your content directly in the editor and click the check button. That’s it. Easy peasy. It’s not the fanciest of grammar checkers, but it works if you need something simple.
Readability Score. This one won’t check your grammar or spelling, but it will check the readability of your content to make sure it’s suitable for online audiences. Paste in text, upload files, enter a URL, this site takes many different sources and analyzes them all.
Readability Calculator. This calculator from OnlineUtility.org will calculate your readability, and also show you any complicated sentences along with suggestions for improvement. It also gives you your basic statistics such as number of characters, words and sentences, as well as the average number of syllables per word, characters per word and words per sentence.
No matter how well you write, there is always a chance you may miss something. Use one of these proofreaders or readability checkers to ensure your grammar, spelling and readability are right on track.