ProWritingAid Virginia Tech

Automatic Text Analysis

ProWritingAid provides an automatic analysis of your text by using various statistical methods as well as its own algorithms. These analyses are built on the established rules of good writing which can be evaluated. You should use adverbs sparingly, be more careful with transitions, use fewer pronouns or glue words, etc. If you are serious about writing well, you will likely try to follow these rules subconsciously. ProWritingAid makes it systematically evident.

Realtime is a great tool to accelerate the process of working on a document.

Once you’ve fixed the errors Once you’ve fixed the errors, you can begin editing the individual reports. They will let you look at your sentence and word choices, patterns as well as repeat words. To determine the areas where you need to concentrate to see the best outcomes in the shortest period of time, run a Summary Report.

How to Utilize It

ProWritingAid is available in a variety of formats. Their Web Editor lets you edit documents using your browser. They also have browser extensions that allow you to quickly fix grammar problems on websites such as Twitter, WordPress, Gmail, Facebook and Facebook. You can also modify your Word documents with their Word add-ins that are available on Windows as well as Mac.

Today we will focus on their Desktop App that is fantastic to work alongside your Ulysses files. registration is required to use this tool. There are a variety of ways to work with Ulysses documents and ProWritingAid. Ulysses writers can make use of the online, free Web Editor, or download the desktop software. You will require a premium licence to edit over 500 words at a time or download our desktop application.

The desktop application supports eight file types, including Markdown. Markdown File is a way to export Ulysses text. Then, you can use ProWritingAid to edit it and then bring it back to your Ulysses library. It’s fast and simpleHowever, you can’t save images or other sheet attachments, such as writing goals. After some testing using the application, I found that the following workflow is effective for me:

Open ProWritingAid. Create Markdown files. Markdown file.

Go to your Ulysses page, choose a text passage and then use the Edit menu option “Copy as markdown“.

Paste into ProWritingAid.

Then go through the report, and edit the report using ProWritingAid.

When you’re done, select and copy the edited text.

Paste the text back onto your Ulysses sheet, replacing the previous version of the passage, and then select the “Paste from Markdown” option from the Edit menu.

The Reports

ProWritingAid reports identify the problems in your text. Click on the underlined text, and you’ll be able to read an explanation or suggestion. Simply click on the suggestion, e.g. You can make use of a synonym or more simple word to accomplish the task.

The reports include brief explanations as well as a link to more detailed information about the report’s subject on the ProWritingAid website. To give an idea, I’ll provide some examples and further details.

Writing Style Audit This report can help you improve your writing style. This report can help you identify the usage of passive voice in your textThe sentences that are active voice are more engaging and easy to comprehend. Writing Style Check highlights repeated sentence starts and offers suggestions for improvements to reading comprehension.

Words that are frequently used checked This report contains words that are that are so commonly used in daily living that they have virtually lost all meaning. ProWritingAid will help you find those words that have been used to excessive extent.

You can determine the length of your sentence.

Texts with sentences of varied lengths are more enjoyable to read. This report visualizes the length of your sentences as a bar graph, so you can see in a glance whether there’s room for improvement. It will allow you to see the sentences that are especially long, so you can identify them.


ProWritingAid is accessible on the internet for free. Although it’s not as user-friendly and doesn’t provide all the reports available, it could help you get a first impression. Premium memberships let you access the desktop application, add-ons and are available starting at $79 per annum or $399 for lifetime license. ProWritingAid has a 14 day money back guarantee, so you can take your own time to decide whether ProWritingAid is the right choice for you.

Last Thoughts

ProWritingAid can’t (and isn’t intended to) replace a human editor. It can help highlight measurable aspects in the text and performs an impressive job. While you will still need to edit your text, ProWritingAid can speed up the process and make it more efficient.