Online Writing Editors and Tools

Even the best writers need editors to review their work. And the worst definitely do. Luckily, there’s a pretty good collection of editing software surfacing that is really helpful, whether you’re a seasoned novelist or a third grader trying to learn how to write an essay.

I’ve been an editor. I hate editing. I’ve edited hundreds if not thousands of pages of boring academic writing for professors and colleagues. I even worked as a paid editor for several years editing financial news releases. Good editors are worth their weight in gold. And with the advancements in AI, online editors are actually becoming pretty good. They can’t replace a human, but they certainly can supplement one and help find overlooked errors and spots that can be improved. I’m pretty good, but I’ll be the first to admit I’m not perfect by a longshot. I use Grammarly, which has gotten better and better over the years, and I see no reason to ever stop using it, honestly. It’s not a crutch, it’s just a tool, Same as all these tools. I’ve tried a lot of them other than Ulysses, but I can recommend it based on others’ testimonials. The only reason I haven’t sprung for it is cost, but as soon as I have a compelling reason to spend the money on it, I will definitely do so. Its subscription model is what turns me off, but those that use it use it a LOT and swear by it.

WriteWell is an app that offers templates to help you with writer’s block and to organize your thoughts when writing. It has templates for content marketing, which is why I’m including it here. But it’s pretty useful for other projects as well, especially if you or your kid is a student and needs an automated hand.

Hemingway is an editor I use for my Windows machine. Hemingway also has a Mac product, but I see no need for installing it also. I use a MacbookPro which I’m writing this on and have a few writing apps installed. But I rarely use them. Paragraphs is a great minimalist writing app that’s worth checking out for Mac as well.

Those are probably the best-of-breed if you’re looking for writing tools and/or editing apps. If you know of others, by all means, let me know. I know there are quite a few out there, but these seem to have risen above them all for one or more reasons.