Using ProWritingAid With Scrivener

Automatic Text Analysis

ProWritingAid analyzes your text using a variety of metrics and its own algorithm. The analyses are based on upon a set of guidelines for writing that can be measured. Use adverbs sparingly, less transitions, less pronouns, glue words, and so on. If you care for quality writing, you’ll likely try to stick to these rules more or less in your head. ProWritingAid helps to make them easily visible.

The Realtime feature lets you quickly browse through documents. It allows you to correct any spelling, grammar, or style errors.

Once you’ve corrected these mistakes, you can go on to individual reports to edit them in depth. These will allow you to look at your word choices and sentence structures as well as repeated words. To determine which areas you should concentrate on in order to make the greatest improvements in the shortest amount of time, you can run a Summary Report.

How to Use It

ProWritingAid offers a variety of formats. It is possible to make use of their Web Editor to edit documents within your browser. Also the browser extensions permit quick grammar fixes for sites such as Twitter as well as Facebook. Word addins for Windows, Mac and Windows let you modify Word documents right from the start.

Today, however, we’ll focus on their Desktop App , which is great to work with your Ulysses documents. registration will be necessary to access the tool. There are a variety of methods to work with Ulysses documents and ProWritingAid. Ulysses writers can either make use of the free online Web Editor, or download the desktop software. Premium licenses are needed to edit over 500 words simultaneously or to utilize the desktop application.

The desktop program can read and write eight types of files, with Markdown being one of them. Markdown File is a way to export Ulysses text. You can then use ProWritingAid for editing and bring it back to your Ulysses library. It’s fast and simpleBut, you aren’t able to save images or other sheet attachments like writing goals. After testing the app, I used the following as my preferred method of working:

Open ProWritingAid and then create a brand new Markdown file.

Go to Ulysses and select a text paragraph, and use the Copy as Markdown option from the Edit menu.

Paste into ProWritingAid.

Go through each report, one at a and then edit it in ProWritingAid.

Once you are satisfied you are satisfied, copy the edited text.

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

The Reports

ProWritingAid reports show your text underlined. You can click on an underlined section to get the explanation or suggestion. If you’re in need, simply click on a suggestion, e.g. To use it, you can click on a suggestion (e.g.

The reports provide an explanation of the subject and a link to extensive information about the subject. To give you an idea of what to expect, I’ll go into detail and provide some examples.

Writing Style Check This report is meant to assist you in improving your writing stylebased on a variety of rules that are essential to excellent writing. For example it will help you identify passive voice in your writing that can make it difficult to understandWriting in active voice are easier to read. Writing Style Check additionally identifies the use of adverbs and repeated sentence beginnings and offers suggestions for readability enhancements.

Overused Words Check This report highlights words that are so frequently used in everyday life that they have become boring and almost meaningless, e.g there and have . ProWritingAid will help you find the words that are extensively used.

Verify the length of sentence

Texts that have sentences with different lengths make text more interesting to read. The report shows the length of your sentences as a bar graph, so you can see at a glance if there’s room to improve. It will allow you to see which sentences are particularly long, so you can identify the ones that are particularly long.


ProWritingAid’s online tool is completely free. It’s not as user-friendly and you won’t be able to access all reports. But it might give a great impression on your first time using it. Premium memberships allow you to use the desktop app and various add-ons, and is available from $79 for a year or $399 for a lifetime subscription. ProWritingAid lets you be patient and provides a 14-day money back assurance.

Final Thoughts

ProWritingAid does not replace editors, and isn’t designed to replace human editors. It can help highlight measurable aspects in the text and performs an extensive job. ProWritingAid can’t replace manual editing of your textsBut it can make the process more effective and efficient.