The creative writing process is not usually associated to great organizational skills, diligence and perfection. Sometimes your mind patterns are so chaotic that you’re the only one who understands the words you write. When you’re done with all that work, the last thing you want to think about is editing.

You already know that the built-in spell check tool in your word processor doesn’t work perfectly. That’s not your only option! You’ll be surprised to see how proofreading and editing tools can relieve you from tons of stress. In the continuation, you’ll find a list of online tools that deliver great results!

LanguageTool – This open source proofreading software works in English, Polish, French, German, and over 20 other languages. It will detect most of the errors you missed during the proofreading process, so it’s a nice way to check an article, blog post, or another short text you’re about to publish.

NinjaEssays – An automated tool can spot most of the spelling and grammar issues in your content, but won’t see the words as an integral part of a meaningful text. You clearly need a real editor or proofreader if you want to make your work really perfect. Don’t worry; you won’t have to spend tons of money for that! Paper writing service NinjaEssays is a great online tool that enables you to collaborate with professional editors whenever you need their assistance.

IVONA Text-to-Speech – Although your creative writing will seem rather robotic when processed by this text-to-speech app, you should definitely give it a try. When you listen to the text being read to you, you’ll easily catch the spelling errors and awkward phrases. Although this is not an editing tool per se, it is still a valuable addition in your collection.

1Checker – Although it requires registration, this online grammar and spelling checker is free to use. Its main intention is to improve the readability of your text. Among all automated proofreading tools (which cannot be perfect no matter how advanced they are), this is probably the best one.

Proofread Bot – If you want to check your essay or another relatively short piece of content, then Proofread Bot will deliver what you need. The free version improves your punctuation, style, and grammar. If you want to check the comma splices, tenses, and uniqueness of your text, you can buy the pro package. The tool will also warn you about long sentences that could use some editing.

Google Docs – The built-in grammar checker of Google Docs is much better when compared to the one of Microsoft Word (at least in some aspects). Since Google uses a powerful engine to help you improve the grammatical aspect of your text, it shouldn’t be regarded as a simple spell check. Each underlined word comes with a suggestion for replacement.

Ginger Software – You can download and install this software on your mobile keyboard and desktop. You can type or paste text in the tool and notice the grammar and spelling issues. Ginger will offer suggestions for rephrasing the sentences, which is a unique feature that will help you reconsider your style. In addition, the software has a built-in translator, dictionary, phrase of the day, synonyms, and more.

Never skip the editing phase!

Remember: no matter how advanced the automated tools are, they can never replace real editors. However, there are plenty of online tools that can make your work easier, and you can even hire editors and proofreaders online without paying them as full-time assistants. If you are working on a novel, dissertation, short story, or another serious publication, then you will appreciate the help of real editors.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you must never publish your creative work without making it flawless in terms of grammar, spelling, syntax, readability, consistency, and style.

About the Author:

Robert Morris is a freelance writer from NYC. He has 5 years of writing experience and tons of written papers, articles and stories. Circle Robert on Google+!