"At its most basic we are only discussing a learned skill, but do we not agree that sometimes the
most basic skills can create things far beyond our expectations? We are talking about tools
and carpentry, about words and style...but as we move along, you'd do well to remember that
we are also talking about magic." --Stephen King, On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft
Girl Friday over at Reading, Writing and Ribaldry, for introducing me to my latest, most favorite tool--EditMinion. What a treasure for those of us up to our knees in revisions.
Quoting the page, "EditMinion is a robotic copy editor to help you refine your writing by finding common mistakes. To get started, paste a chapter of writing into the box and click Edit!"
What kind of editing help does EditMinion offer? The site scans the copy, and highlights such problem areas as adverbs, weak words, passive voice. It notes frequently occurring words, and gives a count of how often you use them. It notes misspelled words and--my weakness--sentences that end in prepositions. Appears it also points out cliches, but maybe I'm stronger in that category. After using the site to edit six chapters, not once was a cliche highlighted. Yea!
I just pass on this information in case you'd like to check it out. I'm guessing that you, too, are on a quest to dig deeper and make your writing better. We're always on the look out for tools that might help us master our craft.
And, with any luck and a lot of perseverance, we'll uncover some of the magic Stephen King talks about along the way.
What has been one of your latest, most favorite writing tools?