Writing Tools

As the CEO of Fictionary, it should come as no surprise I’m a huge believer in software tools that help writers.

I created Fictionary to help writers tell better stories.

One of my favorites copyediting tools is ProWritingAid. I became an affiliate, so I could help spread the word that writers can perform both a story edit and copyedit in Fictionary.  That’s pretty cool.

Now I’m addicted to it and don’t post a blog or send an email without using ProWritingAid. I also use ProWritingAid for my novels – from right inside Fictionary.

I like the premium version for two reasons.

The first reason– the premium version has no word limit. My novels are all around 80,000 words, so that’s important to me.

The second reason – I love how the ProWritingAid Chrome extension works within Fictionary.

What Is ProWritingAid?

In case this is your first introduction, ProWritingAid is an online grammar guru and style editor.

The team at ProWritingAid has done a great job integrating with other tools. Clearly, they are team players. Besides working online, you can also use ProWritingAid on your desktop, as a browser extension, as a WordPress plugin, in Google docs AND in Fictionary. So yes, we’re pretty excited about that – both as authors and as Fictionary.

Once you’ve written your story and performed a story edit, you’ll know your story is strong.  Now, you can do your story editing, and grammar and style work all in one place. Your story will be strong AND your words will be polished.

Where To Begin?

After you’ve bought the premium version of ProWritingAid, add the extension to your Chrome browser. That’s all it takes for ProWritingAid to work in Fictionary.

Open your manuscript in Fictionary and ProWritingAid will be there.

Fictionary Evaluate Page

Click on the ProWritingAid logo, and you’ll see the standard ProWritingAid toolbar:

ProWritingAid Toolbar


The Details

Now the fun begins. I clicked on the Style icon, and from within in Fictionary, ProWritingAid shows me I’m telling and not showing. I don’t have to leave Fictionary to discover this. How’s that for awesome?

I can edit the text, and move on.

ProWritingAid Style


Another Super Cool Feature

Click on the ProWritingAid Setting button, and you can set the style of writing. And since we’re using Fictionary, we are writing fiction, so I chose Creative.


ProWritingAid Settings



Next, I clicked the grammar icon. ProWritingAid showed me I used a comma when I didn’t need one. I once spent two months just studying how to use a comma, so you’d think I’d know this. Lucky for me, ProWritingAid was there to point out my error. Since I’m editing in Fictionary, I make my change and move on to see what else ProWritingAid has in store for me.



Next, I had a look at overused words. Clicking the Overused icon showed me the following. I used the word “could” 7 times in one scene. That can’t be good. So now I can go back over the scene and see what I need to rewrite. ProWritingAid has underlined the word, so I can find it quickly.



And So Much More…

Click the little arrow by the More icon. You won’t believe how many options you have here. I won’t go through all of them because you should be editing your story… Just know there are many ways you can use ProWritingAid to polish your story.



Together Fictionary and ProWritingAid

empower writers to share their best stories!

Fictionaryhelps writers tell better stories with online software that simplifies story editing.

Story editing is complex and time consuming. Fictionary makes it easier and faster to complete your story edit.

Fictionary analyzes your manuscript and automatically creates 13 powerful reports, including the Story Arc, to help you visualize your story like never before.

Evaluate your writing against 38 key story elements. Keep track of your characters, tighten your plot, and create engaging settings.

Improve your story with a structured scene-by-scene approach to editing that makes every scene count.