Generic descriptions and recurring sentence structures lead to a rather boring read. Editing with a focus on more interesting word choices and sentence structures can improve your writing and make it shine.

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There has been a debate recently about whether an editing app can or should ever replace a human editor. The answer is a resounding NO. Writer’s need real, actual people to help them develop their ideas and tell their stories. That will never change. But there are some areas where an editing tool can, in my opinion, blow a human editor out of the water. You should think of it as a two step process: use the editing tool to improve the technical elements of your writing so that your human editor is freed up to focus on content and style.

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Self-editing can be harder than writing because we grow to love our creations, and we often have difficulty seeing them objectively. We have a hard time destroying the little superfluous bits that keep our manuscripts from greatness because it feels like we’re destroying pieces of ourselves.

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I’ve never met a writer who hasn’t wanted her reader to get completely lost in the words on the page. While there are many things that separate fact from fiction, there’s one thing that all writers ignore at their peril: a good, hard, honest self-edit. Let’s talk dialogue. Fiction writers learn quickly that there’s nothing as terrible as stiff, unrealistic dialogue to pull a reader out of the story. The first place to start is by cutting out as many dialogue tags as you can.

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Like any craft, the beauty of writing lies in the creative process combined with the workmanship and joinery that lie beneath the surface. So writers, don’t panic! You’re not out of a job. Apple’s next major innovation is not going to be the iTolstoy. Please carry on writing wonderful stories for us to read. But, while a computer program can’t generate a compelling narrative or sympathetic characters, it might help make a good story even better. It's where technology can make a difference.

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Book Editing[This guest post was written by Amy Cowen, a writer who learned a lot about online proofreading tools while editing her own articles. Today Amy is happy to share a few tips with you.] Proofreading software saves you time in two ways. Firstly, it picks up on the easy mistakes. That is why most people run a spelling and grammar check as soon as they finish their work. The second time you use it, you do so to double check your changes near the end of the final draft. You check for places where you may have repeated yourself or cut a line short without realizing. Here are three proofreading programs and services that you can access online to save yourself a little time when proofreading. Proofread By GrammarBase This highly-rated tool helps you manually proofread your own work. It's a web-based tool, which means there is no downloading and the computation is done on their server. It will work with most of the popular web browsers and you may either copy and paste the text onto the screen, or you can upload the file to Proofread and have it checked that way. (Depending on length, you may be required to upload the document). Proofread will tell  you how many critical mistakes you have made. These are mistakes that could potentially make your work appear of lower quality. As you know, a simple grammatical mistake may change the point of what you are saying entirely. It will then give you suggestions for things you can change within the text. Like any spelling and grammar program, you do not have to accept any of the suggestions.

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