Next Noble Pen Meeting
August 10th, 2017 at 7 pm
Scott’s Family Restaurant
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Don’t forget the book signing at Lindale Mall on Saturday August 5.
An author ponders differing opinions on what a writer should keep.
Randy received a request to talk with a reviewer from the Gazette.
Many computer tools are available to help writers, going beyond basic word processing. Here’s a list of eighty tools. Here’s another ten, including some that you might not have thought of as writers’ tools. Some are free and some are expensive.
A free on-line tool will evaluate 100 to 1000 word samples of your writing at the sentence level to see if the proportions of verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, etc. are reasonable. It’s not very picky, so if you get long colored bars you’d better pay attention.
Pro Writing Aid is a much more extensive tool. You have to create a free account to try it (and probably get related ads). It gives a thorough analysis of your writing, including overused words, echo words, sentence length issues, cliches, grammar, etc. Subscription is $40/year, but even the free version (limited word count) can be an eye-opener and quite useful.