The Apps that Ghostwriters PreferAug 31, 2022
by Cris Yeager
It's a well-known fact that a writer's first draft won't be perfect. They're going to need to edit their work afterward, which isn't just simple proofreading. This is normal. Sometimes sentence structures need to be changed, paragraphs rearranged, or entire paragraphs deleted. Exactly what are the editing programs, extensions, apps, and methods that a ghostwriter employs to make their content perfect?
There are several different options available - several built into some writing programs like Google Docs and Microsoft Word. For example, novelists often use these programs or even more sophisticated ones like Grammarly, ProWritingAid, and Scrivener, which have browser extensions as well. There are lots of free versions of apps available with functions like spelling and grammar checking. The paid versions are more comprehensive and do a better job of editing. So, what do ghostwriters use to ease their process?
What do ghostwriters prefer?
Grammarly is a favorite choice of many ghostwriters. Of course, using a program as a pass-over of a first draft is a no-brainer for a writer. The features inside of programs like Microsoft Word and Google Docs are also preferred methods for simple proofreading and spelling errors. Combining these applications is highly advantageous to a ghostwriter.
Some writers use apps such as Hemingway Editor or the Catching Typos extension for Chrome to help correct mistakes without relying on a human editor all the time. The application functions in different ways depending on what you need it for but they all have the same idea: offer proofreading services with more accuracy than an average spellchecker would provide.
Relying on human interaction
Ghostwriters that dive into more extensive pieces, (novels, etc.) use beta readers and pay editors to help shape their projects. Ghostwriters who are just getting started may rely on other writers for critique groups or even a writer’s community in which one or more works of literature are studied intensively by members, who give criticism to each other about those works to improve them. They are an excellent way for any writer to be exposed to multiple perspectives and therefore learn how best to approach their own work before they share it with the world. Writer’s communities can serve as a form of social media where writers can exchange advice, resources, or support to help one another succeed.
Of course, using multiple methods is truly the real PREFERRED way of the ghostwriter. Using editing programs to shape up a first draft followed by a beta reader, can point the writer in the proper direction. A beta reader might identify inconsistencies or holes in the story that need some more attention before publication. The combination of human interaction and an app can really help polish writing.
Use what's right for you!
Whether you prefer the more rudimentary approach, working on the occasional sentence via Google Docs before refining it more with Grammarly and submitting to a Facebook critique group, or favor a more exhaustive regimen, find what works for you. Even if you don't have much money, there are many free apps you can use to hone your writing skills.