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Ellis Eden
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I wanted to share this resource with ya'll. It's a website called Slick Write. I use it on every writing project. (this is not a paid promo, I just really like it.)

It's free and very easy to use. You copy and paste your writing into a dialogue box, click the green Check button, and viola! It will analyze your writing for grammatical errors and stylistic weaknesses--pointing out adverbs, redundancies, and passive voice. It's not sophisticated, but for a free tool, I love it. It's a great way to see your writing anew before sending it off to betas or competitions. It can't replace a real editor, but it can get you started.

Have other free editing resources online that you love? Please share!

**edit** please note that violas do not play, rather, a French man appears and shouts "Zut alors, I have never seen work of such stunning magnificence! Voilà!"

"Never tell me the odds!" -Han Solo

 
Posted : November 26, 2023 1:08 pm
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Grammarly is another good resource, one I use myself at the end of my projects. Amazing the things you catch sometimes.

https://www.grammarly.com/

"There's a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don't, and the secret is this: It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write."
— Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

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Posted : November 26, 2023 3:00 pm
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 TimE
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Posted by: @ellis

It's free and very easy to use. You copy and paste your writing into a dialogue box, click the green Check button, and viola!

Returns results with viola music - sounds worth trying.

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Posted : November 27, 2023 3:36 am
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Gideon Smith
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Posted by: @time

Posted by: @ellis

It's free and very easy to use. You copy and paste your writing into a dialogue box, click the green Check button, and viola!

Returns results with viola music - sounds worth trying.

 

It only plays viola if you're work is full of errors. If it's good, it plays violin 😉

 

 

"...your motivations for wanting to write are probably complex. You may have a few great passions, you may want to be rich and famous, and you may need therapy."
- Dave Farland, Million Dollar Outlines

Writers of the Future:
2024 Q1: P Q2: WIP Q3: ? Q4: ?
2023 Q1: RWC Q2: SHM Q3: SHM Q4: R
2022 Q4: R
Submissions to other markets:
2024: 2 submitted 1 acceptances
2023: 74 submitted 13 acceptances
2022: 22 submitted 1 acceptance

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Posted : November 27, 2023 5:06 am
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Ellis Eden
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@time Oh geebus, "voilà"! #eyeroll #therenow

"Never tell me the odds!" -Han Solo

 
Posted : November 27, 2023 6:24 am
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Ellis Eden
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@gideonpsmith @time I'm lol-ing my butt off this morning. I think when you write something good, somewhere, the Battle of 1812 is playing. 

"Never tell me the odds!" -Han Solo

 
Posted : November 27, 2023 6:26 am
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Ellis Eden
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@gideonpsmith @time I would also like to add that I've seen it spelled wah-lah, so I am CERTAIN I am only the second worst offender in this universe.

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Posted : November 27, 2023 6:41 am
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I speak a tiny bit of French, and that makes my ears hurt! 🤣

"There's a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don't, and the secret is this: It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write."
— Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Drop me a line at https://morganbroadhead.com
SFx1
HMx4
Rx4

 
Posted : November 27, 2023 6:43 am
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Gideon Smith
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Posted by: @ellis

@gideonpsmith @time I would also like to add that I've seen it spelled wah-lah, so I am CERTAIN I am only the second worst offender in this universe.

 

Oh and I'm certain my posts are riddled with this kind of thing - for my work I have to type "shoulder" a lot and for some reason I almost always type "shoudler" instead

 

I just joined in the joke as viola is the butt of jokes in orchestra as always playing out of tune and making lots of errors and the violinists always think they are better, so the orchestra-stereotype-humor seemed to fit so well here Smile

 

"...your motivations for wanting to write are probably complex. You may have a few great passions, you may want to be rich and famous, and you may need therapy."
- Dave Farland, Million Dollar Outlines

Writers of the Future:
2024 Q1: P Q2: WIP Q3: ? Q4: ?
2023 Q1: RWC Q2: SHM Q3: SHM Q4: R
2022 Q4: R
Submissions to other markets:
2024: 2 submitted 1 acceptances
2023: 74 submitted 13 acceptances
2022: 22 submitted 1 acceptance

http://www.gideonpsmith.com

 
Posted : November 27, 2023 7:38 am
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Ellis Eden
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@gideonpsmith Haha, I had no idea. I love this sort of specialized insider-humor.

"Never tell me the odds!" -Han Solo

 
Posted : November 27, 2023 7:39 am
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Lol. When I saw your post, I read vi o la. Even though I knew what you meant, I wasn't sure of the correct spelling.

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Posted : November 27, 2023 9:57 am
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Writhmic
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Posted by: @gideonpsmith

I just joined in the joke as viola is the butt of jokes in orchestra as always playing out of tune and making lots of errors and the violinists always think they are better, so the orchestra-stereotype-humor seemed to fit so well here Smile

 

As a viola player, I can sadly attest to this. But it's all in good nature Smile /p>

 

V39: -- / SHM / SHM / RWC
V40: HM / SHM / SHM / SHM
V41: P / WIP / -- / --

 
Posted : November 29, 2023 6:59 am
Dustin Adams
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I ran my trilogy through Flesch-Kincaid in Word and it averaged 85 and 3.6.

Then I ran my winner through and it's 83 and 3.3. Easier to read than my middle grade!

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Career:

1x Win
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2x S-F
9x S-HM
11x HM
7x R

 
Posted : December 1, 2023 8:28 am
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Gene Louviere
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@Sade, I just used Slick Write to evaluate the story I'm planning to submit for this quarter, and Mon Dieu! The multitude of colors splashed over my text was something to behold. The analysis was accompanied by the sound of clashing cymbals, with nary a violin to be heard.

It found adverbs I had overlooked (but never a 'very', I'm happy to say).  It seemed displeased about my abundant use of prepositional phrases. Dialog and sentence structure fared better.

I have a bit of rewriting ahead of me. Thank you for suggesting this useful tool.

 
Posted : December 8, 2023 4:32 am
Ellis Eden
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@emlouviere You're welcome! I'm pleased you found it useful; I really enjoy it as well. It helps me to spot weaknesses I wouldn't otherwise detect. I also really enjoy the flow analysis, it shows me where my writing needs a boost. Thanks for telling me about your experience! 😉

"Never tell me the odds!" -Han Solo

 
Posted : December 8, 2023 7:30 am
Ellis Eden
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@emlouviere lol @ the clashing cymbals giggle   I'm guilty of passive voice, so I'm guessing mournful oboes play in the background of my analysis.

"Never tell me the odds!" -Han Solo

 
Posted : December 8, 2023 7:32 am
Olivia Rao
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Used Slick Write and I must say it's a great resource for improving writing skills. 

 
Posted : January 24, 2024 3:59 am
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