construction-tools-smlJust to let you know, for a few weeks the site will be reduced to this blog page and the Home page. I’m still taking on work, though! All the basics about hiring me to write and edit for you are still on the Home page.

As always, I try to find ways that authors can save money on editing by doing a little DIY. So here are a few links that will help you to improve your document or manuscript. I look forward to hearing from you. Contact me at +1-250-335-3334 or info@grahamhayman.ca.

Readability checkers

Online Utility.org
The Readability Calculator is under the English Language tab, and calculates readability using the Coleman Liau index, Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, ARI (Automated Readability Index), and SMOG. The site has several other useful and free tools.

This site automatically checks your text as soon as you paste it. The site also does web pages, .pdf’s free. Bulk processing too, if you become a Premium supporter. The payment level for Premium is optional -“you pay what you feel it’s worth.” Good deal.


Improve your style with brevity tips: http://www.orgwide.com/blog/brevity-tips-to-strike-out.
For bloggers (and all other writers):

Common errors

Top Twenty Specific Problems” from Professor Paul Hensel, U. North Texas.
“Twelve Common Errors” from U Wisconsin Writing Centre.

Commonly confused words: Oxford Dictionaries, U. Richmond Writing Centre or Santa Monica College.

Mangled idioms, figures of speech, and expressions: I recommend this site! http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/  Use the “Idioms” tab to search for a word in your idiom.

Headings: does the first line of the paragraph fit the heading? Use “Outline View” in MS Word to see headings are logical and say what you intended.

Academic Tools

Plagiarism: search for copies of your page or document on the web. http://www.copyscape.com/

Citation tools for APA, MLA, Turabian, or Chicago (MLS) at U. Pittsburgh library, Long Island U. library, or Bibme.

Editing Tools

Grammar terms: http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/

Free spelling and grammar checkers.

A warning. Grammar checkers often give different results from each other, and from MS Word. Does it mean they make errors, or that English changes, and the rules change? See two tests of Grammarly.com, on my blog and on Grammarist

Download a checker from Automattic (the WordPress people), or use it as a Firefox add-on. http://www.afterthedeadline.com/

Online spellcheckers