Writing/Editing Software

This list is mainly for me, but if it helps out another writer, Great!

After looking into my editing options, I just don't have the $1,000-1,500 sitting around for a pro. I might be able to afford some helpful software though. Here is what I've found so far.

White Smoke - Looks a little pricey, but has some interesting features like a style checker.
Download.com has a 30 day trial version.

Clear Edits - Looks a little cheaper than the White Smoke program. They offer a free trial too.

Writers Workbench - Ouch $115.00 for a personal copy. This one offers no free trial. Has anyone ever used it? It looks to be geared towards teachers rather than individual writers.

Auto Crit - This one is more Web based. It's cheaper than the rest for the basic package. Also has a cliche finder setting.

Serenity Software - Reasonably priced, but does nto offer a free trial or evaluation copy. Has anybody used this?

Cliche Cleaner - searches out standard cliche's to remove.

It's a small list for now, I'm sure there are more software options out there. If you know of any, feel free to link them. I'm interested in seeing whats available.


Jody Hedlund said...

Wow. I had no idea editing software like this was available. I'm curious to know what kind of editing it does. Is it mostly grammatical and technical, or can it help with plot and character issues too?

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

I had no idea either! Thanks for the info, Katie! :)

Katie Salidas said...

Glad I could help others while I figure this out too.

Jody, it looks like these are more geared towards the mechanics of writing.

Danyelle L. said...

If you're looking to get rid of overly used words, too many adverbs/ to be verbs, you can do that for free. Some people have been putting their chapters/novels in Wordle. That quickly lets you see what words you use the most. If you have a Mac, Scrivener shows you the percentage you use each word in the manuscript. You could also do with search/ find thing in Word if you don't have a Mac.

Traci said...

Wow! Has anyone ever used any of these? :-) Thanks for passing on the information.

Katie Salidas said...

Oooh Woordle, I will have to try that one out! Thanks

Jessica Nelson said...

I'm with Jody. Never heard of this stuff, want to know more. LOL!

Katie Salidas said...

I like that some of these have free trials. I hate to waste money on something, only to find out that it isn't for me.

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Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.