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Writing Tools 14 May

I did a little writing today, and that was a good thing.  I did a little editing and that was a good thing too.  Which leads to the first writing tool I used to day: Prowritingaid.  An editing software that can be incorporated into whatever writing system you use.  
I fought with it on the style issue of was.  I’m okay with a couple sentences that has was as the verb, many genre writers are.  The key is not to over use the was sentences.  All of my favorite authors, most from England have ‘was’ all over their writing, mainly because they focus on telling stories.  With many of Neil Gaiman stories, I can imagine him telling me the story at a pub over a nice pint of bitter.  And the next morning over a cuppa of Earl Grey, or in my case a doppio espresso.
Prowritingaid checks for spelling, grammar and style issues.  I was impressed.

The second tool I used while I was writing: The Emotional Thesaurus by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman.  This is an awesome book.  It has a 130 entries for emotions.  It tells what people do when they feel a certain way.  I looked up agitation and it gave me things people do externally, things their bodies do and internal thoughts.  From there I was able to write three sentences to describe what my POV character went through and his reaction to something.  With Kindle’s search function, you type in the emotion and if it’s in the book, you can go to that entry.  A great tool, for sure.

I talked with one of my writing friends.  He told me about iwl.me.  It’s a cool website, where if you put in a section of your writing, it will tell you who you write like.  I put in a 1300 word passage and I am pleased that the site told me I write like Agatha Christie.  Her style is often the clearest and most readable of all the authors.

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