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Top 10 Online Editing Tools to Craft a Perfect Paper (and any writing!)
by Antonio Tooley

All writers have been guilty of misspelling words, using the wrong phrases, misplacing punctuation, and making grammatical gaffes at some point in their lives, especially if they write for a living. The thing is, such basic mistakes can cost you. It looks unprofessional, for one thing, and gives the impression of carelessness. In many cases, it is not even about form. It is about accuracy and consistency.

The written word is a commitment, and once you send it out, it is very hard to take back. The importance of editing and proofreading your work cannot be overemphasized. However, there is no denying that it can be a chore, though, and for many writers, editing and proofreading their own work is very difficult. They tend to skim, you see, so they miss problems their paper may have.

Aside from errors, writers may not realize that some readers may find their work
difficult to understand. This is because it the writers' own vision and they understand the concepts and arguments they discussed. For thorough editing and proofreading, they need an objective and knowledgeable eye to ensure the overall coherence of the paper.

Here are the top 10 online editing tools to help you craft the perfect paper.

1. Hemingway hemingwayapp.com
There are many different writing styles, but in most cases, it is best to adopt a simple and straightforward style of writing. It makes it easier for the reader to understand what you are trying to say. Hemingway is a text editing tool designed to take the flower out of your language. It guides you on how to express yourself in a laconic way in the style of Ernest Hemingway. It checks for spelling and grammatical errors, yes. However, more than that, it identifies complex sentences and makes suggestions on how to construct them differently. In other words, this tool helps you to “keep it short and simple.”

2. Correctica corrective.com
Most built-in spellcheckers do a good enough job, but you want better. This online tool, according to its website, “catches what spell checkers, grammar checkers, and human editors miss.” Whether that’s true or not, it can’t hurt to give your work a final pass, does it? It is free, anyway.

3. Edugeeksclub edugeeksclub.com
When you really need your paper error-free and polished, you can get assistance from professional writers, editors and proofreaders from Edugeeksclub. It is the second pair of human eyes you need to make sure that you don’t miss anything.

4. Visual Thesaurus visualthesaurus.com
If you ever struggled to find a better word than you can think of, you know how handy a thesaurus is. However, there are nuances you may not know about that which makes a synonym, or antonym, completely inappropriate for what you need. Visual Thesaurus makes sure that you understand each suggestion. You can expand each selection to find other related words. It will also search the Internet for you and find images. You can try it for free, but you have to get a subscription for regular use.

5. Typewrite typewrite.io
Despite the site name, you will not be reduced to doing everything the old-fashioned way. You can share what you wrote with others on this collaborative writing tool to critique, edit, and proofread. It is a simple site that gets several things done, even converting to HTML when the need arises.

6. Skitch evernote.com/skitch
This is great for annotations and presenting your point of view in a visual way. It takes the place of the pointed finger or the nod in real life into the digital world. An Evernote application, it lets you make screen caps and annotate them to send your message across more clearly. It is less powerful than Jing, but if you are looking at a simple way to say “here” or “like this,” it works very well. It works well with Evernote, of course, but it can be used as a standalone app on your mobile or computer.

7. Draft draftin.com
Draft makes it easy for several writers to collaborate on a single workspace by giving them control over managing versions of a document, editing each other’s work, before bringing to the table the final product. Writers can work on the same document at the same time because the software saves it into different version. Draft also allows writers to customize their work, a unique feature in collaborative writing software.

8. Prowritingaid prowritingaid.com
If you want a quick and dirty editing and proofreading tool, then Prowritingaid is not the software for you. On the other hand, it is perfect if you want a thorough analysis of your content. It will even check for plagiarism if you are willing to fork out $40 a year. It is free to use for 19 drafts and fewer features.

9. Editminion editminion.com
When giving your content a first pass to check your grammar and spelling, Editminion works well. Simply copy-paste content into the screen and it will give you an analysis and report card of what you did wrong. It is currently in beta, so feel free to make suggestions to the author for improvements.

10. Cliche Finder cliche.theinfo.org
Writers use clichés to express themselves in a readily recognizable manner, and using one or two works well in most instances. However, when you tend to use a lot of them, Cliché Finder will alert you. This site can help you rescue your content from becoming trite.

What do you guys do to edit your content? Do you use any online tools or have some secret editing recipes of doing everything manually? Please, share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter

Short bio: Antonio is a hopeless optimist who enjoys basking in the world's brightest colors. He loves biking to distant places and occasionally he gets lost. When not doing that he's blogging and teaching ESL. He will be happy to meet you on Facebook and