Writing5 Free Editing Tools to Use When You Can’t Afford an Editor - The Ready Writers

July 23, 2018by readywriters

If you are a freelance writer who has to churn out articles regularly but can’t afford to hire an editor, here are some editing tools you can consider using to help improve the quality of your work and reduce potential mistakes.

  1. Grammarly

Grammarly is a great app and a highly reliable one to use when you have finished writing your article. It highlights grammatical errors in your work, which includes subject-verb disagreement, incorrect article use, and modifier misplacement. It also gives you suggestions on the right word to use and helps optimize clarity into your sentences. However, when you make use of this app, ensure that you check the suggestions that you have been given and don’t just accept corrections to mistakes blindly.

  1. Hemingway App

Hemingway App is a relatively easy app to use. The app uses colours to highlight potential errors in your writing. If you see a red highlight on your sentence, it means your sentence is too complicated for your readers to understand. If you see a yellow highlight it means you have to shorten or split your sentence. Thus, with this free app, you can easily church out articles with high quality of readability for your readers.

3.       AutoCrit 

This is also a free tool that can help analyze your articles and give suggestions of improvement on repetition, word choice, strength of writing, pacing and momentum, amongst others

4. ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid is another effective online editing tool that you can use to enhance your writing and proofread your work from grammatical errors.

  1. Microsoft Word

A lot of writers make use of the Microsoft word document to write but not a lot of writers make use of its editing tools. Thus, you can make use of the review tools of your Microsoft document to cross-check potential grammatical and spelling errors. You can also make use of Thesaurus dictionary to find synonyms of words to avoid repetition. While writing, Microsoft word also highlights potential grammatical errors so ensure you pay attention to these highlights and correct your mistakes accordingly.


Since these tools are free, you can use a mix of these tools to detect errors such as repetitiveness, spelling mistakes, vague wording, excessive adverbs, passive voice and wordy sentences. Also, in times when you can afford to use an editor, you should still make use of any of these apps to proofread your work in order to make your editor’s work easier.

Now, tell us, which of these apps are you ready to use?

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