1. After the Deadline
After the Deadline (AtD) doesn’t just flag and give suggestions for your spelling, grammar, and style. It also concisely explains the reasons behind the corrections given. That means that the longer you use AtD, the better a blogger you become!
According to the developers, AtD can:
Recommend the right word 90 percent of the time;
Detect approximately 1,500 misused words;
Help you write clearly and concisely using thousands of rules in “Plain English” style
Use statistics to find exceptions to grammar rules.
AtD is available as a plugin, add-on, or extension for platforms like WordPress, bbPress, Firefox, Google Chrome, OpenOffice.org Writer, and the IntenseDebate comment system.
Like AtD, ProWritingAid not only tells you what to improve, but also how to improve. It has the ability to generate a detailed analysis on overused words, sentence length, writing style, plagiarism, clichés, redundancies, “sticky” sentences, consistency, and the like.
Although you need to download the Premium version to enjoy all of its features, ProWritingAid’s free version is enough for most types of blog posts.
Don’t let the site’s inelegant design fool you. EditMinion takes only a few seconds to check your work for the usual signs of weak writing, like adverbs, overuse of “said”, passive voice, ending with prepositions, tricky homonyms and more.
EditMinion generates a report card for your reference, and allows you to add “hashtags” for easier editing. As of this writing, though, the site is still in Beta stage, so use it with care!
Ever wish you had Hemingway’s terse yet punchy writing style? Well, your wish can come true now, thanks to the brilliant minds behind HemingwayApp. Here, your copy will be assessed based on readability, number of adverbs, number of complex words, and number of times you use the passive voice.
The app also detects spelling errors, although it’s not much help in the grammar department. In case you need to use it offline, a desktop version of the app is also available for $5.
Whether you want to check for keyword frequency, or you just have a tendency to be repetitive with words, WordCounter.com is the answer. As its name suggests, WordCounter counts and ranks words according to frequency. The apps is great for reducing redundancy and/or repetitive writing in your copy.
You can also include “small” words, use only root words, and adjust the number of words listed by the app. You can use this primarily as an analysis tool, checking your drafts as you keep honing them to perfection.
Do cliches drive you crazy? If “Yes”, ClicheFinder might be a godsend for you. Just paste your post in the space provided, click the “Find Clichés” button, and presto! Every cringe-worthy phrase will be highlighted in red. You can either rewrite these phrases to make them sound simpler and fresher, or toss them into the back-burner like the blights on language that they are (har har)!