I’m finding the most difficult thing right now, starting out as a new writer, is finding someone to proofread and edit my writing. Before I can have any hope of getting published, I have to make sure my work is as near perfect as I can get it. But frankly, I am abominable at proofreading my own writing. I always have been. So, I am on a quest for free websites or programs that will help me. After all, until I’m published, I can’t pay someone hundreds of dollars yet. I plan to review these options and let you know how it turns out.
I found a website, PaperRater, that is decent as a quick scan, but is not absolutely thorough. It gives you spelling and grammar issues, as well as word choice options. It also gives you some stats about your paper and the “grade” it would get in a hypothetical classroom. I put my short story through it, made some changes and then re-copied back into my file.
The acid test for these sites is my DH, the grammar troll. I pity his students once he starts teaching English. I let him read the story after putting it through PaperRater and his exact words: “It didn’t catch everything.” So, it might be a good way to quickly check for big errors, but it won’t get your writing submission-ready.
Which means, I’m off to find another option.