The Top Editing Tools for Writers

The Top Editing Tools for Writers
March 18, 2017 2 Comments Editing, For Authors, OWS Features Melinda Harmon

Every writer knows the task of endless and disheartening task of editing. No matter if you are a website contributor or a novelist, editing is part of the job. After you let the creative juices flow and complete your first draft, you have to go back over your work, and many times end up deleting half of it. There is no way around it, and it can become a tedious task. We also get very attached to our work. It becomes difficult to criticize one self. Without the editing process though, there would be a lot of poorly written pieces out there. Don’t be discouraged by the editing process. There are tools out there to help. These tools do not replace the human eye, but are great places to start your editing process.

After the Deadline

This is such a useful tool. You will be able to check spelling errors, misused words as well as common writing errors. There is over 1500 misused words listed and will suggest alternative words while keeping your writing flow untouched. Passive phrasing is also picked up and you will receive a request to amend. One of my favourite features is that it picks up clichés or unnecessary phrases. There will be some teachable advice given to help you rewrite the sections suggested.


The creators behind Grammarly are geniuses. This tool checks spelling, grammar and punctuation and does a good job at it. Many established writers make use of Grammarly because of its effectiveness in picking up mistakes or suggesting good alternatives. You can use this tool as a Microsoft Word option or online, which is much like Google Docs. This tool will also help as a complex sentence generator and is probably the best paraphrasing tool out there. You have the option of a basic subscription and premium, which will pick up even more grammar mistakes. Honestly, I feel like the basic subscription is enough to edit your writing properly.

Ninja Essays

If only we had a fulltime editor at our back and call, life would be a little easier. Unfortunately, many new writers cannot afford the services of a professional editor so we revert to the use of online tools. Well, with Ninja Essays, you’ll feel like you have a professional editor working with you. This is because you are able to hire an editor through this website for a fraction of the cost. Just because you pay less does not mean you receive a mediocre service. You are able to communicate with your editor directly and discuss the feedback you receive and voice your opinion. It’s exactly like having a professional editor, accept the prices tag.

Smart Edit

Not many tools are specifically designed to work with novels and short stories because it becomes very detailed. There is no need to divide your text into a few pages at a time before processing. This is a great alternative to hiring an editor after your first draft. I believe novels require a professional editor at some point but if you can pick up all the little mistakes through software like Smart Edit, you will save yourself a lot of money down the line. Having access to grammar correctors, sentence generators, spell checkers is no longer needed when you have Smart Edit. It’s that good.

Slick Write

Many online editor tools do not adjust to your style of writing. We all have a unique way of communicate and it comes through when we write. Luckily, Slick Write sends you suggestions based on your specific writing style. It is one of the fastest grammar checkers online at the moment and it’s free of charge, which is always welcomed by struggling writers. You are able to refine your writing skills and learn as you go along.


This tool is easily one of the best for writers. Not only does it cover many aspects of your writing-from overused words to transitions, grammar and punctuation, even cliches and adverbs! In addition, it offers a free plan that you can use with Google Drive, Word, and more. This is definitely like having an editor right there with you. You’ll learn a lot that will improve your writing as well, making each new project easier to get through.


English is not the easiest language to perfect because there are a lot of rules you have to adhere to. Even professional writers with years of experience still need the help of a good editor. If you have an editor who charges by the hour, it might be a good idea to run your work through one of these tools before investing your money in a professional editor.



Melinda Harmon is a content manager and an amateur writer. She specialized on writing useful posts about writing, writing tools and how to improve writing skills. Melinda dreams of publishing her own book and help people to know more about writing.

Melinda Harmon Melinda Harmon is a content manager and an amateur writer. She specializes on writing useful posts about writing, writing tools, and how to improve writing skills. Melinda dreams of publishing her own book and helping people know more about writing.
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    Ohita Afeisume

    Thanks, Melinda. I appreciate this useful list!

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