Grammarly vs ProWritingAid for Authors (which editing software to use for your book)

hey this is James Murphy from creative intercom I'm gonna try to do a head by head comparison between grammarly and providing aid they both have a plugin for Microsoft Word and this is a book that I've already gone through an edited a few times so it should be pretty clean but there's gonna be some things that I didn't catch that I can catch with the software so I'm gonna see which software catches how many things don't keep track of them both so that we can do a head-to-head comparison so just um give it a little bit more space what's gonna happen up here if I go to open grammerly um this tab pops up there's a few things that um I think it's just cuz I've been using providing aid so it seems a little weird to me at first it needs to kind of warm up and start checking everything but then when it does it's gonna add this little arrow down here and I can just flip down and see each of the errors one by one so when you click on grammar lay up here you get this grammerly tab and then this new pane on the right hand side shows up down here it says 198 critical errors so up here there are different things you can toggle on and off I have contextual spelling and so it says there's 198 problems and I can go through them one by one there's also grammar punctuation sentence structure style vocabulary enhancement so I'll take a look at those in a minute one of the main problems with software for example especially like the grammar is they're gonna tell me all about how I'm using commas wrong and a lot of that is personal personal preference or there's a lot of times where when you're writing fiction the normal grammar rules may not necessarily apply truly case dependent up here you can actually go to instead of general default they have these different gramley styles so for example under creative you can go to creative nonfiction or novel which i think is really cool but i'm not sure what the difference between all these are I'll go ahead and check this one for now to see if it makes a difference it also does take a while to check Grum really does have an online tool and it wouldn't even let me put in the entire novel because this is fifty five thousand words it's about 125 pages and the online version only allowed up to sixty pages so that was one bonus benefit from providing aid in that for writing aids online tool lets you just copy and paste your entire text they both however also have browser plugins so you could put your book in Google Documents for example and then use the browser plugin and try to use it that way I'd write my books and I format in Microsoft Word mainly so I'm gonna just keep these um caps so I have the contextual spelling on now I'm gonna go down here it's a little hard to get started and use I have to kind of move this navigation pane over so I can see this down arrow and then click I should have been able to just click on this somehow and and have all the errors show up here but that doesn't seem like it works so I have to go here to click on the first thing to find the first mistake it's telling me that I should put a hyphen between two inch that's probably a good idea if I want to do that I can just click on the green over here and it will automatically update my manuscript so that's pretty neat easy to do but then it goes down here anyway I can go down to the next one the night shift it recommends two different words sometimes just flipping through it actually focuses your attention in a different way so when I look at this I notice um maybe I should have a comma here before too that's probably something that would show up if I think grammar tag on because when you're just reading through it sometimes your brain will just fill in the blanks so you miss some things but if you're looking case-by-case at particular parts of a sentence sometimes it's easier to have things jump out at you in a different way I don't think this one is a big deal but I'll go ahead and click it and then go down to the next one fort here alcoholic sure why not adding hyphens there's also something in providing aid which is consistency which I'll talk about later but it's really useful to find for example if in one case you added the hyphens in one case you didn't it'll go through and point those out so you can decide for sure which way you want to do it especially for when you do fantasy there's a lot of words that you might want to capitalize this tends to be true in fantasy where there's just all these nouns that you're using as proper nouns like the trials or the calling ceremony or whatever so it's useful to have something that goes through and checks to make sure you've capitalized all those words I tend to with fantasy I tend to since I know that's kind of a common thing it can be really distracting to have all those capitals I try to remove as many as I can thank Baker I'm gonna leave it it says I can actually add it to the dictionary so they don't if I'm using word that you know that's not in the dictionary they're gonna just like it and I can tell them to ignore it next time so far I haven't seen any like um actual errors I think adding the hyphens can be a good idea but aren't and that's just like it's not a huge problem if some of them have a hyphen or don't but it's kind of useful to go through and just fix and make sure it's consistent mostly that's the thing that matters when I was using providing aid on the book I added yesterday it had a bunch of it said there's a lot of inconsistency between – use but I found that actually a lot of it was like sometimes lockup for example would be a noun sometimes it would be a verb depending on how it was used so you may or may not need to add a space or I had a – but it's more case dependent so I skipped on I got a few more things I actually decided with the hyphens not to use hyphens in six year old or whatever year old because it I think personally when you're reading it kind of breaks up the text it's too much punctuation where it's not really necessary so I've taken it out but I'm marked that I've decided to make that decision so that I won't correct those issues but I did find the first actual mistake that incident last night interrupted our conversation so possible confuse word that's great that's a real type of mistake that I'm gonna fix so that's plus one for grammerly it also often tells me to UM highlight some things sometimes I'll go ahead if it's proper now for example we said something about Jedi Mind Tricks earlier and I decided not to capitalize it same thing with punctuation even though technically yes it should be capitalized I just think it's a smoother reading experience readers know what that is without capitalizing the word and I think too much capitalization can be distracting this is another common one for me um backwards or backward one is the u.s. buying ones a UK spelling I actually studied in Malta which is UK for three years so I kind of got used to all of the British spellings of things and now when I write I kind of misuse them a bit but I'm gonna leave this for now I'll go back through I'll leave it a comment you just as long as it's standardized then some readers it might bother if they're not used to it but personally I don't think it's a very big deal except at least in this particular case in certain cases where like the UK spelling will be color with oh you that could be really distracting to US readers here's another actual mistake so before I could finish tying out a message to him should be typing that's great they also found you know what it should actually be so I can just click this and fix it so that's two for Emily this was an interesting one shifted through a muted palette of psychedelic colors so it should actually be this other kind of palette rather than taste related it's more color related so I'll fix that one this one also looks like a mistake any witch who's been trained should be who has been trained so it really should be I think this one's ok who's been trained here's a really good one half down thing that she said complimented the neckline of the dress or whatever so yeah it should be the other kind of complimented rather than say nice things it should be looks good together here's another one I'm actually surprised that I missed Buddha is spelled wrong should be this way so that's a good catch this one grammarly marks as a possibly confused word and recommends too but actually in this case we already did have it right so this is one of those instances where you can't just blindly accept graham release advice you have to really know your grammar well enough to see if it's correct or not here's another good one though forced to relearn it by rote and ritual this probably would have been fine I don't think any readers would have been confused about it but technically it should be this other version of rote which means mechanical learning this is another one I'm gonna ignore holding up a hand to ward me off and it recommends towards which isn't the same thing so I'm gonna leave it as it is but again you can't just accept everything they recommend here's another one that is a mistake extolling is misspelled it should be to elves and this is another one I'm gonna have to come back to later so let leap'd versus leap this is the American spelling the UK spelling is not necessarily wrong but probably we have a mostly American audience I just want to make sure it's all consistent so I'll leave a mark and I'll come back to this once I decided for sure whether or not to fix it so I made it through the end of this edit and there are seven factual mistakes or typos rest of amore punctuation based hyphens or space for capitalization which are important to be consistent but I don't count as real mistakes so quickly I'm gonna go through and show you what else grandma Lee can do and I'll switch over to provide pro writing eight and see how it compares I had contextual spelling on so I mentioned this one off and turn the grammar on instead and probably it's just gonna show me a lot of cases of you know I use the comma wrong or something like that I'll actually go ahead and put punctuation on as well so I'm actually rather than gonna look over at this screen I'm gonna click this blue arrow and just keep my eyes here on the main screen because then I can just really quickly read the contextual sentence and see if it's a mistake I want to fix or if it's fine I went down about a quarter of the way and like I said these are mostly commas so I'm gonna skip through that it really would be safe to go through carefully and check everything but I'm gonna skip to sentence structure and style to kind of show you what that marks so the first interesting one here is in order to it says it's an inflated phrase because it's too wordy and I could just switch to two I actually really like this one because I think it's really common with writers first drafts to use purple prose or overly inflated language so I think this could be really useful if you have a lot of terms like that you can often clarify and simplify your writing by getting rid of longer phrases that you just don't need so a career to raise your brother instead of a career in order to raise your brother it doesn't really matter so I'm not going to change it in this particular case but I do think it's really cool that it's flagging it because if you use inflated phrases too often that's definitely something that should be fixed and you should try to use simpler cleaner language so these were actually in in grammarly I think if you get the free version you get contextual spelling and grammar' I think they come with a free grammar early plug-in but if you want to pay then you get the extra stuff sentence structure style vocabulary plagiarism check is always good but not necessary in this case since we're writing the books although it could be really useful if you write nonfiction for example and if you've been polling a lot of passages or quotes I know it's common like when I was writing my thesis it was common to pull in so much research and it might be hard to go back and find which phrases were mine or which ones I was pulling from somewhere I'm not sure if this would actually work because like when I was doing my thesis most of the books were in the library they weren't online anywhere anyway so plagiarism wouldn't have really caught it but at least this would compare it with other online texts I believe here's another example where it says that this is a wordy sentence it's too long actually I really like the style and I'll leave it I think it's okay to have some long sentences if they're buried but it's a good idea to at least check your long sentences and make sure they're easy to read and not too confusing here's another example of the in order to phrase um and in this case it isn't really necessary and a little bit confusing so in this case I'm going to go ahead and accept their solution so I've gone through the sentence structure and style they weren't particularly useful I pointed out kind of a few things that they can do this is where I think providing aid is much more advanced in terms of style so I'm going to look at that in a minute but for the last one I'm going to look at vocabulary enhancement and just see what they would suggest so they will point out some weak adjectives and suggest others so we'll see what they say so something that is really useful under vocabulary enhancement it will point out repetitive words so in this particular case it's a it's on purpose that we're repeating this word so I'm not going to take it out but I do think it's a really good feature if it can show you if you've ever used a word sometimes it's common without knowing it to repeat one word on like five times a page and then it can really stand out so if you can try to replace words with alternatives when you're using them too much you'll notice that you'll have certain habits where you overuse certain words especially particular words that stand out because they're unusual for example one that always bothered me was purchased to gain purchase as in like to get a better grip or foothold that one stands out if I see an author use it more than like once or twice in the book is fine but when it's you know five times a chapter then it really stands out so I prefer just a really simple word that doesn't stand out in some cases you actually don't want a fancy word you want something that blends in by being a little bit more ordinary and so here's the case for example where they say the the overuse word is poorest which as in to have no money and the suggestions are weakest most unfortunate most inferior none of these work in this context Tom so I like what Graham really is trying to do here I like they have this feature especially for overuse words but I don't find it particularly valuable because I don't think their suggestions are very good so I'm going to go ahead and close this document and I've kept track of those seven mistakes that I found earlier just to make sure that I can find them again but I've gone back and removed those changes that I made with Graham early so I can check out how providing aid compares so this was the first mistake I found last night interrupted our conversation so I want to find out if writing aid will find the same seven mistakes or if they'll find extra or different mistakes and I'll also talk about some of the more advanced features that providing aid has as a quick summary I think Graham early is really good for just finding common mistakes I think providing aid is better for actually improving your writing it has all of these other features it's got a whole lot of things so I'll kind of talk through them quickly but first I'm just gonna go to grammar this is actually spelling and grammar and I'll click on that it says I have a lot of text I just say yes so with pro writing aid I've clicked this belly and grammar I kind of like how it has this panel it's pretty similar to grammarly actually but up here it distinguishes between grammar and spelling so I can click on this tab and just look at the spelling first if I want to I also kind of like how it just shows you all the words here except that you really have to click on each of these to see how to use in context sometimes you can just skim through and see that a word is misspelled other times you can't so for example it's already pointing out that we use UK spelling too often this one in particular I think it's common for in Vampires literature or in fantasy to spell glamour that way as a certain type of words I'm gonna leave that one but there are other words that we spelled with the UK spelling or there may be some I'm not really sure I'll go through and I'm fine this is one that I marked criminally also pointed out that we spelled tazed wrong I'm not necessarily sure that we can't spell taste that way so I might leave it interestingly um this one says fang-banger is wrong this way and they want to curring it correct it to fine Bangor with a space I think Graham really did the opposite and they recommended that I put it together but I can also just add this to the dictionary and it will ignore that spelling from now on of the miss the actual spelling mistakes so far it looks like the only one that I found was extolling so I'm going to change that one the other ones that didn't notice so far but that's probably because they're more grammar mistakes rather than actual spelling mistakes it also marked one particular punctuation mistake which I thought was interesting because I'm not really looking for punctuation yet and you'd only point out the one but this is a comma which I do agree with so I fixed that one I'm gonna go back up here and look at the grammar issues and see if it'll catch those other mistakes here's one grammar issue there should be a comma before the closing quote marks soul at that end that's not that's really a mistake it is a punctuation error so I mean there it's not really a stylistic choice it really should be a comma there self except here's a new one that I hadn't caught before the ver the vamps had probably succeeded in killing the Wolves language so this should be succeeded past tense but for right now I'm just gonna mark it and see why I didn't pick it up earlier with grammar lay that seems to be one mistake that providing aid caught that grammerly didn't okay so with pro writing it I've gone through the grammar and spelling suggestions but it seems like it still missed some of the stuff that grammerly could caught so just to make sure I'm going to check on those by searching up here in the document so the first one that incident last night interrupted out conversation so it's all just so it really is spelling or grammar mistake it's just a wrong word so that's something that it looks like pro writing aids grammar and spelling didn't catch at all the other one was tying out so that's here also wasn't caught so I'm gonna add the P typing out a message and the next one was palette which is the wrong use when I search for something directly it's gonna show up as highlighted so I actually have to delete it put the cursor there and then delete it to see if it shows up so it's not highlighted or anything which means it wasn't caught by providing aid even though it should be the other kind of pellet one of the other ones was whose thumbs gonna be a little harder to find here any witch who has been trained and the other one I think was complemented so the quite a few of these actually that were found by Graham early and weren't found by pouring Aid and then there was that one Buddha one now which is interesting it actually looks like it's marked just by Microsoft Word as a spelling error but again it didn't get checked as a spelling error by Graham early sorry by providing aid something to fix that one so out of the seven actual errors in the original manuscript it looks like the only one that providing it caught was extolling and again this wasn't they're not exactly typos or spelling mistakes so they're harder to find there are examples of misspellings or word substitution where another word was in the wrong place so it's difficult for software to actually find that but Graham really did a pretty good job of finding those seven so you may ask then well why do I need providing it at all why don't I just use Graham early and the thing is I think providing aid really shines with more advanced features that focus more on improving the writing so I'm gonna take a few minutes and show you all the other cool things that parting it can do also remember there was one or two things that providing had found that Graham early did not so that's why I really recommend using both and just doing a quick check it took me probably about 20 minutes to go through and check this manuscript with both documents so even if it takes you an hour and you do a really thorough job that's gonna save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars hiring an editor and proofreader and even if you're gonna hire developmental editor anyway you should still make it as clean as possible before sending it to them so I'm gonna go through these tabs as quickly as possible the first one is overused so as I said earlier I think it's really useful to have a tool that shows you overused words which grammerly kind of does under vocabulary enhancement you can go through and it will show you overuse words but with providing aid it shows you exactly how many times you use them and about how many you should remove to make it smoother so for example and these are common words so I don't think that a big deal to use was a word too many times or just then but if it's something that really stands out because it's a little more unusual then it may be a good idea to think about how you're using it in these cases I don't think I'd worry about any of these but for example initial or initialling there's 56 of them that's quite a few for a word that's not all that common so it will show me actually I was wrong about what this meant so this initial ing just means that I'm starting a sentence with an ING verb which is fine but it's if it's a habit if I'm really doing a lot I don't think having 56 sentences start with 9 G verb in a entire manuscript of 55,000 words or whatever I don't think that's a big deal but something that's interesting to be aware of especially if you have any bad writing habits or you use words in a certain way especially if it's an unusual way that's something you want to point out so I might want to flip through here and just see especially like being that's a little bit of a weird way to start a sentence so I might want to look especially at these 7 being sentences so being left alone my thoughts was less relief being happy to see a vampire for any reason that's a particularly unusual way of starting a sentence still I think 7 out of a book of you know 4 to 5 thousand words it's not a big deal saw something I'm gonna it's not something I really need to fix yeah I would have actually liked to see words that aren't so common so these are pretty common words which is why they don't really bother me I would have liked to see you know if I use something ten times you twenty times that was more unusual but it looks like it doesn't point those out so I'm gonna skip over to the next tab which is readability so under readability it tells me the estimated reading time is three hours 49 minutes I think that's a really cool feature it's not really a big deal I think even if you upload it in Kindle or KDP it'll say something similar but I kind of just like to see it says the document is easy to read here it says there's 28 difficult to read paragraphs so that's something that's pretty interesting and I would want to click on all of these just to see if they're smooth or if I can fix them a little bit I think it's a really cool feature one things I've noticed is that it doesn't necessarily mean it's difficult to read like it's clunky or that the organization is poor it really just means it's a collection of difficult or more challenging vocabulary words so it may be an easy to read sentence it just has a lot of big words in it which makes it a less useful feature but so pretty good I think to go through and just notice that these sentences might be kind of weird or these paragraphs might be kind of weird for example this difficult to read paragraph it's probably one of my favorite paragraphs in the whole book so I'm definitely going to leave that one but I do think it's a useful feature and a good idea to be able to flip through these and just see you know why are they flagged is there anything I could fix that could be really useful same thing down here it has 42 slightly difficult to read paragraph so these are more paragraphs that might be a little challenging but probably aren't that bad again this is one of the like nicer paragraphs that I think is actually really good writing so that danger with pro writing aid is that it's really meant for clarity of business communication so if you're writing like a report or something then yeah of course you would want clear simple language but for novel sometimes I mean you do want to be aware of purple prose are being too fancy but sometimes it's nice to throw in a really while written paragraph especially if it's a lot of description so the software that Flags it as potentially difficult to read you don't always just want to trust what they're recommending I think there is a feature to change like I showed you in with grammarly you can change what type of writing it is I do believe there is that feature but I don't see it up here in the heading it may have been on the online tool version next to us cliches hopefully that's not a big problem for you but if you're starting out writing a book um it may be this one actually says I don't usually have any cliches but in this particular book instead of a bitch it says is it cliche um I'm not sure what this one is oh I'd probably punch him out of sheer reflex I don't know I don't see anything wrong with that one either so it's it might be useful if you have cliches but most authors probably won't have that problem this one sticky is a sticky sentence that slows your reader down try to avoid them I haven't had any of these show up for me but I think it's a really useful feature depending on how it works for you so I think probably certain writers will have certain sentences or use cases where the writing is challenging especially if you're not a native speaker if you're non-native speaker I think grammarly and providing aid could be a huge help even though it'll take a lot of time but even if you're a native speaker writing a book for the first time you're probably gonna screw some things up so it's useful to check some things anyway I'd like to know more about this feature if I'd like to see examples of what it Flags as sticky I just don't have those kind of things in my writing so I'm gonna click on the next one which is diction so interestingly in this particular manuscript when I click on diction they didn't find any vague and abstract words which I think it's kind of surprising but I opened up in another book that I did recently and it has a whole bunch of very abstract words which is kind of interesting but I'll just show you what kind of things at Flags if I click on here so a lot of like would avoid down down also it seems like there's a lot of repetition so I'm surprised that like I'm sure I use these words in the newer manuscript as well but for some reason it seems like they're only being flagged in this version I don't think this one is more vague than the other one but just so you can kind of see how it looks it is neat like wood broad anyway anything that kind of refers without providing an explicit example because you want to be putting pictures in people's heads you need to tell exactly what actually is instead of just referring to something off stage or something indirectly or abstractly what I can't picture if it's more of like a concept instead of a concrete thing they can't picture it in their heads and it turns out to be weaker writing so anyway that's kind of interesting it also fights a whole bunch of diction stuff oops that sort of thing so again it's kind of like vague or abstract stuff in order to this was one that came up a few times earlier I had to in order to make it right this one I'd probably leave but it looks like there's like 12 of these so I'd want to go through and find them especially when you're repeating things you want to make sure that you're not using them too much actually on this original manuscript I hit diction again and let it refresh and it did find stuff this time so maybe the first time it just you know I don't know what happened it there was a glitch in I didn't find everything same kind of things it's gonna fight the same things but it'll just point out things that could be better if they were more specific or more concrete the next one is repeats so I've been trying to show you this repeats button but so far every time did I click it my word program freezes up and I have to restart it that's possibly because I have grammarly and providing installed at once it could be the important natural Pro PDF for one of my other plugins as well anyway that's probably an isolated issue on my end so maybe you can try out the repeats on your own end I'm gonna skip over here to the echos tab instead so pro writing it has actually been crashing and freezing a lot but that's probably because I already have a video that's 30 minutes long and this is a longer manuscript with a lot of problems so for now I've skipped over repeats and I goes and I went over here to consistency which is another one I think is really useful so for example spelling consistency it points out that there's some differences between us spelling or UK spelling the other one I think is really useful is hyphenation consistency like I said I sometimes won't always necessarily put a hyphen if it says that it's grimly correct grammatically correct and also sometimes it doesn't need a hyphen and depending on the case use it might be a verb versus a noun for example so maybe it doesn't agree because one case it needs to be one way and the other case so for example why couldn't Dante have just let me break in through a window so this is a verb it should be without a hyphen and the previous one another break-in it's a noun it should have a – so it's useful to check but again like with all the programs you need to make your own decisions this one it looks like I have some inconsistency though the first one was going to make up for that it's a verb so it's fine but then here I have make up with a hyphen and here I have make up without a hyphen so it's definitely something I would want to make consistent interestingly I think for writing aid recommends different things than grammar earlier when it comes to some of these kind of words that could be hyphenated or where they could be one word or could have a space between for example fang-banger one program might suggest having a space once it might suggest having – so if you're using both programs and going back and forth it can be a little tricky to make sure you're getting everything the way that you want and it's not a really big deal you just want to make sure that it's consistent this one for example that is important Faye magitek that's one word that's kind of unique in our fantasy universe but it says that magitek sometimes has a – so down here it looks like only that one time yeah the rest of time is just one word so just to make sure it's consistent I fixed that one word and now it's more uniform throughout the book like I said earlier I think having capital H capital civilization consistency is really important so I don't think I have any examples of using it wrong in this case but it's a nice feature called marquees it's consistency over here under dialogue it just tells me that I have certain number of dialogue tags and that 33 percent of my document is dialogue it's kind of interesting but not super useful under the pacing tab when I click on pacing it tells me that there's 117 slow paced paragraphs that's also kind of useful I'll show you some examples this tends to be past participle or backstory so for example even though this starts out as a present tense I think I can help you with I asked my best customer service voice later on he had plenty to spare unlike the rest of us we'd had vampires in the store before of course so this is back story it's kind of like a note from the protagonist interestingly there's a couple things with spacing that are kind of a problem that I hadn't seen earlier but the main point is that under this pacing it's going to show you often like what happens is in the beginning of the book you might have several pages of preface or backstory or past participle verbs which is slower than it really should be and you want to limit that as much as possible um another feature that I didn't really figure out until recently but for example if you think this sentence is okay and it doesn't bother you you can just show it or hide with this eye icon which makes a lot easier to go through if you were gonna check all of these and just make sure it's how you want it then you could stop pro writing it from singling if you out and just leave the ones that you're unsure about so later you could go back and check really quickly so there's nothing necessarily wrong with this slower text generally it tends to be description so when you're describing the scene of the setting or like I said you're giving a lot of backstory and it might flag this as a slow scene which is fun because of course you want some slower pace scenes between the action scenes and you want to do a lot of detailed world-building or description building you just don't want it to be too much all at once so like a little paragraph between dialogue between actions fine but if you have like several pages all together they get flagged that's gonna be a problem so some of the more fun stuff over here you have a literation if you're writing fiction fiction nonfiction you're probably not even thinking about alliteration but when it does come up it might be kind of interesting to either fix actually there's nothing really too bad still struggling to see straight trying to take the treaty these are not really anything I would worry about if you accidentally have like a seven word alliterate a literary alliterative phrase you probably would want to fix that unless you did it on purpose some of these like you want to say them out loud and see if it's too complicated the problem with alliteration it might sound really cool but it might also trip people up if they're reading so like to my lips and leaned sold souvenirs and sell double duty as anyway I don't think any of these are really problems but smug suave persona anyway it's kind of a useful feature and it's neat that a robot can you know go through and find this slick swirls and spills oil slicks words and fills anyway kind of fun might be useful I'm also gonna click on the homeland tab this is the homonyms tab basically just Flags everything that could be a homonym so I don't find that particularly useful anyway pro writing age continues to be a little problematic probably because like I said I've got this large video file open so probably it's eating up my memory hopefully you've got a computer that has more resources or shorter document it might be easier to break this up into chunks if you're having memory or freezing issues with the plugin you could also try using the online program and just dump copy and paste your text into the online program to sum up similarly to what I said at the beginning of the video I think it's really useful to have both because they do different things if you have to just pick one and it's mostly for proofreading I would pick grammarly it's gonna probably find the most actual mistakes but if you'd like to go a little deeper and fix some problems with the actual writing and try to improve the style and the flow of your writing I also think for writing aid can be really useful for some of its tools and providing aid does fix sometimes catch a few things that grammarly misses so grammarly if you can just get one but if you can afford to get both I think it's a really good investment to have both plugins and do a check before you publish with your whole book I'm actually gonna go back through a lot of the books that I already have out I didn't proofread as cleanly as I should have so I'm gonna go through all the work that I've already got out there and I'm sure I'll find more mistakes it won't fix everything especially in terms of things like I do a lot of name substitution will have the wrong name in the wrong place so that's not something a program really fakes a beta reader or proof reader can fix some things that the machines can't so I'm not saying you know don't use a provider or don't use a beta reader or a copy editor but they all do different things and I think for the price no matter what other kinds of proofreading or editing that you're getting it's still a good idea to clean up your work a little bit before you send it off or show it to anybody else hope this video helps

3 thoughts on “Grammarly vs ProWritingAid for Authors (which editing software to use for your book)

  1. Thank you! This is easily the most helpful comparison between the two softwares that I've come across (y)

  2. at 29:00 ish you had a word or two highlighted and that's why Pro Writing Aid didn't find anything. If you highlight a section it will only check that part.
    Also for crashing, Pro Writing Aid recommends submitting shorter chunks at a time for checks.
    Did you use the "style" section of Pro Writing Aid? I think some of the errors you pointed out that it didn't catch would have been highlighted under that search.

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