ProWritingAid Review – A Full Suite Grammar Checker

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Using ProWritingAid Review

ProWritingAid is up there with the best if you need an online writing assistant

For more and more writers, online grammar checkers and editing software are becoming must-have writing tools.

Any tool that highlights common grammar and spelling mistakes and offers quick and easy corrections is going to help you improve your writing skills.

There are a lot of free grammar checking writing tools available online now, and most of them can offer you basic help.

But to get really useful, in-depth analysis of your grammar and writing style, you will need to consider using a premium version editing tool.

ProWritingAid is my choice for all of my long-form writing projects.

 

Choosing a writing checker

Do you need an online grammar and writing assistant? The major factors in your decision will be how well a tool suits your specific needs.

The choices will be different for every writer depending on what platforms, software and applications you are using.

For some, a fully functional desktop editor might be the only top priority.

For others, mobility and portability might be necessities. Do you want to work with multiple browsers and smartphone integration?

Of course, the price is a big consideration for many writers. Before I even start on my review, this one is a winner already.

Prowritingaid is around one-third of the price of comparable premium writing and grammar checkers.

Here is my hands-on review to help you in your decision-making process,

 

ProWritingAid Review

From the outset, I have to say that it only takes a few minutes to discover that ProWritingAid really has a lot going for it.

The toolbar at the top of the ProWritingAid desktop editor lets you know immediately that there is a lot on offer to analyse your writing.

I am using the premium edition for my ProWritingAid review. but even if you try the free version or free trial you will be able to discover how helpful it is.

Start by opening the desktop web editor. The graphical menu at the top of the screen gives you access to so many ways to analyse, check and improve your writing.

I spent my first half an hour clicking all the menu buttons. I immediately discovered that the text from my work-in-progress novel really needed a lot more work.

ProWritingAidMenu

ProWritingAid certainly checks your grammar. But the web editor gives you access to more than twenty checks, reports and tools. That’s a lot of grunt under the hood for a grammar and spell checker application.

The real-time check is a very handy tool to give you an overall running account of your writing as you make your corrections.

It sits in the top left-hand corner and works like a running scoreboard telling you how many possible errors or issues you have left to work on.

You can see that there is a lot of work left for me to do with my text.

Real Time

Once you get into analyzing your writing, it uses different coloured underlines beneath words and phrases to guide you to suggested corrections. One click and you have the correction or suggestion.

Here are a few examples of the way the editor works when highlighting quotation marks, redundancy and passive voice.

It was a surprise to discover that it finds unmatched quotation marks. I have not seen this function in any other applications before. It is so useful, especially for fiction writers.

Quotes

 

Redundancy

Passive

There are similar pop-ups for many other suggested corrections or recommending better word choices.

However, the editor has more in store when you use some of the reporting tools available in the toolbar.

Take a look below at some examples of reports for repeated words, clichés and an overall reading report.

These reports are very detailed and are interactive with your text, which makes using the information to make corrections very easy.

Repeat

Cliches

Reading Report

The tools and reports in ProWritingAid include stickiness, sentence length and overused words. But there are many more. It’s a very long list!

There is no doubt that the web editor is feature-rich and user-friendly. Above all else, it is extremely helpful in improving your writing.

 

What about outside the web editor?

ProWriting Aid has apps and plugins for a whole host of software applications.

There is a Chrome extension, MS Word plugin and a Google Docs extension.

But more importantly, for a lot of writers, Prowritingaid integrates with Scrivener.

Versions

As with similar premium apps, there is no Word integration for Mac users. This is a Microsoft and Apple problem, so no blame on the program developers here. But as an Apple user, it’s a bummer.

However, the web editor works extremely well. You can quickly upload a Word file or work with documents using the familiar File, Save and Open menu commands.

However, on all other fronts, the news is very good, even for Mac users.

On social media, you are protected from making silly little typos and spelling errors. In the posting text box, you will see that it is at work by the abbreviated toolbar that you use in the web editor.

Facebook

For me, one of the most common uses of an online checker is when I am writing a blog post in WordPress. With the Chrome extension, it works like a charm and there is no lag or hesitation.

Wordpress

So how good is ProWritingAid overall?

It is very good, I have to say. Every tool you could possibly need is included in ProWritingAid.

The interface is clean and is easy to understand and learn how to use.

You are probably familiar with online writing tools. So it will only take you a few minutes to be underway and using the available tools and reports.

If you have never used an online grammar checker before, it will still only take you a very short time to feel comfortable using the web editor and Chrome extension.

The depth of analysis is the standout positive of ProWritingAid. There are just so many layers of corrections, improvements and reports to help you make your writing so much better and more readable.

 

The pros and cons of ProWritingAid

If you are looking for an online writing coach, then you should really consider this application.

I use the word, coach because unlike other correction tools, it really does act like one.

There is so much advice you are offered, it really does feel like you have someone in your corner helping you along the way with your writing.

So, what are the good and the not so good points?

 

PROS

Fully Equipped

It has every conceivable writing check you could ever need or want, especially within the desktop editor.

 

Easy to get started and learn how to use

Every part of the application is intuitive and make sense. Even if you have never used an online writing assistant before, you will be up and running and productive on only a few minutes.

 

Low Price

ProWritingaid really is inexpensive and affordable for most writers.

The paid version of some premium grammar checkers can cost you well over $100 per year.

But ProWritingAid starts at only $60.00 a year and even less for longer-term subscriptions.

pwa prices

Scrivener and Google Docs integration

This will be a winning point for many writers.

ProWritingAid can integrate with Scrivener. It is a great combination for authors.

There is also Google Docs integration, which is a practical advantage for many writers.

 

CONS

No Safari and iOS

ProWritingAid doesn’t have Safari or Firefox extensions or iOS integration, which are available on some other apps. Like other grammar checkers, there is no plugin for Mac users with Microsoft Word.

 

Conclusion

ProWritingAid is certainly a great app, and for the price, it’s a real bargain.

The best performance is in the desktop editor where it wins hands down over the rest. You can read more in our other article: How To Use ProWritingAid As Your Writing Editor 

 

For a more detailed look at what you can do with ProWritingAid, you might like to watch this short video highlighting the features of the desktop app.

 

 

Further reading: The Best Free Online Grammar Check With Punctuation Checker

 

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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

11 thoughts on “ProWritingAid Review – A Full Suite Grammar Checker

  • January 1, 2019 at 2:54 am
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    I am thinking a book to women arm wondering if I should write short stories with an intro chapter and a ending conclusion after all my girl or woman stories that I have experienced. Or should I write a biography in novel form chapter to chapter book.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 8:02 am
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    I’ve used both premium services, and Grammarly cleaned up my short stories, but Pro took my story, knocked my head on the keyboard and asked me, “Good god man, we’re you really going to submit that crap? let me have a crack at it.”
    I’d choose Pro everyday.

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    • November 24, 2018 at 11:04 am
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      I agree, Richard. Both are fine apps, but for different writing projects. Prowritingaid is definitely the best for long-form writing. But Grammarly is great for articles and blog posts in WordPress.

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  • November 21, 2018 at 10:04 pm
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    Cons: does not support Latex (others also do not)

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    • November 21, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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      Latex is for technical writing, so I doubt it will be supported by most apps.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 3:26 pm
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    I used prowritingaid for a year and half, loved it. Paid for a second year of premium subscription and dang, the program quit working. It absolutely will not load on my windows 10 laptop. I can use it in google docs but my book is in Scrivener so I have to toggle between the three to get the edits done. Sigh, their technical assistance is less than stellar.

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  • September 18, 2018 at 4:59 pm
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    I’ve heard the comma correction on PWA isn,t as good as on Grammarly is this true?

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    • September 18, 2018 at 5:12 pm
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      Both are good. But yes, Grammarly really has a thing about commas. This is great if you’re a comma addict like me. Btw, Grammarly is telling me it doesn’t like my comma after “but yes”. Well, I like it, so it stays.

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  • September 18, 2018 at 9:10 am
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    Every writer needs ProWritingAid editing software to develop better writing skills and help them become excellent writers. It doesn’t focus only on writing mistakes but also deals with overall writing quality. This results in high quality, easier to read, unique, and free from any errors content. It makes your writing worth to publish and read.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm
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    I am using it or at least I am trying to. It has great features and editing my book is easier with it.

    However;

    1. It is freezing, lagging and editing becomes extremely slow after a while.
    2. The text size and type changes if you copy paste for example about 20 pages from the word. It will completely mess up the whole style.

    I would use it and even pay for it, but these two issues are a major no go for me. Oh as for specs for my PC. I am using it on a gaming PC, 32 RAM, i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce 980 Graphics card. It is more than powerful enough for the program not to have such issues. But it does.

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  • July 13, 2018 at 8:31 pm
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    There are so many reviews and it has me confused. It appears that the two best writing aids are ProWritingAid and Grammarly. Currently, I use both but my Grammarly is the free version while my ProWritingAid is the paid subscription version. Is there an advantage of the Premium Grammarly over the ProWriting Aid. If you had to decide between the two, which one would you recommend? Thank you.

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