Recently I have been editing Medusa’s Garden, a story I wrote back in 2010 and my first edit on it wasn’t good. I gave up on it. But it is a story that I enjoyed telling, so I decided to go back to it this year.
One of my lovely Nelson writer girls (Cherie Le Clare) told me of an online course being run by Rose Colored Glasses. It cost me US$20 to join in the fun, for a weeklong journey through what most people fear.
Fortunately, I found I was already doing a lot of it, but it was nice to have some reinforcement, plus I also learnt new things to watch for, and have a checklist I can go through.
During one of the discussions, a lady suggested a website I had never heard of before called Pro Writing Aid, a great site for checking out the grammar of your story. This has to be one of the best kept secrets of the internet.
This wonderful site, will analyse your writing and tell you lots of interesting things, like the words you have overused or repeated too often, sentence variations and which sentences are too long, pacing… and lots of other truly amazing things.
Why wasn’t this around when I first started writing! What a useful tool! You could analyse your entire story through this wonderful little site, which is why I am sharing it with you. Give it a try, you will be surprised!