Text Improvement–Papyrus Editing
With Papyrus you become your own editor. The Grammar- and Spellcheck, Style Analysis and Readability Evaluation are what help you make your text “better text”.
You can rely on one of the best Grammar- and Spellchecks for the English language.
The Papyrus Style Analysis helps you put the finishing touch to your writing. It highlights potential stylistic weaknesses in your work like repetitions, filler words and judgmental writing. We have developed these findings from writing theories and through our close collaboration with best-selling authors.
Readability is an indicator of how difficult or easy your text is to read. Complicated words, long sentences and nested sentence structure reduces readability. With Papyrus, you can evaluate each paragraph of your text and then edit it accordingly.
These are the “Big Three” text enhancement instruments that make “Papyrus Editing”. They will help you unlock the full potential of your book.
Style Analysis–To The Point
The Style Analysis acts like an advisor and points out text passages that might be lacking.
Many of the stylistic weaknesses found are universal. Avoiding them does not change your personal writing style, but sharpens it. Word repetitions and filler words, for example, are often a major point in need of improvement.
Papyrus Author’s Style Analysis provides the basic stylistic work of an editor. It is up to you to decide when to accept Papyrus’ suggestions. After some time of use, you will notice weak text passages by yourself and learn to avoid them naturally.
Success is the best proof of how effective these text enhancements can be. A book edited with the Style Analysis is more often considered to be of high quality. This is backed up by the many successful books whose authors like to refer to Papyrus Author as their number one writing aid. Papyrus books have won numerous prizes at renowned competitions, for example at the Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs.
If the Grammar- and Spellcheck marks something, it will be objectively wrong.
Working with the Style Analysis requires more thought. Use it in the revision phase, not the writing process — you may leave it switched off for your first draft.
When analyzing style, it is important to weigh your options. The goal must not be to process all highlighted passages everywhere in the text, but to evaluate which suggestions really improve your text. The markings are like a second pair of eyes. After all, it is up to you as the writer to create a vivid and fluent story.
How do you deal with tagged stylistic flaws? It depends on context.
A car chase requires a high text tempo. It should not contain long, complicated sentences. Avoid filler words and too many adjectives or adverbs. If Papyrus remarks something could be snappier, this is the right place.
On the other hand, if you describe the conversation of two loquacious philosophers in a wine tavern, then long sentences, wordy paraphrases and the like can be desirable.
Here, you should let a lot more pass.
The progress of your writing dictates how sharply you use the Style Analysis. Do not let it disturb you when writing the first draft.
For first revisions, a mild level is advisable. Set it to a higher level for the final correction.
This is what the Style Analysis can look like:
Or here, with multiple stylistic hints:
Don’t forget: An extensive thesaurus is just a mouse click away. When searching for an alternate expression (for example for a word repitition), right-click on a word and dozens of options become available.
Bestselling Author Andreas Eschbach
If your reader can take in your content without effort, she will like your book! Another example: By increasing readability, newspapers have increased their readership by up to 65%.
As with the Style Analysis: The Readability Evaluation of Papyrus shows you possible weak points. This way you can improve your text in a targeted way.
How does it work?
Linguists (most famously Prof. Rudolf Flesch) developed formulas that help to calculate the comprehensibility of a text with astonishing precision.
The most important criteria for this are “word difficulty” (which and how many syllables make up a word?) and “sentence complexity” (how is the sentence constructed?).
Other parameters can be word length, foreign words, punctuation, sentence length and so on.
We implemented these readability formulas and visualized them for you: The mathematical results are translated into an easy-to-use color scale.
A click on the eye icon activates the readability evaluation. Each paragraph of your text receives a colored background. The color corresponds to the degree of difficulty in readability. It improves as the color of the rainbow moves from red over green to blue, with red being the most difficult and blue the easiest to read.
This way you can intuitively see which parts of the text might need improvement.
A fast-paced action scene should have short sentences and be easy to read. “Good” colors here would be blue or green. Complex scenes can be green, yellow and orange. Red paragraphs should remain the exception.
It is more difficult to evaluate scientific papers. However, our readability assessment can also take the reader level into account. You can set what kind of text you are working on in the Papyrus options (fiction, non-fiction, technical).
Consistency of Direct Speech
“Nobody talks like this!” is a crushing (but common) judgment for a novel dialogue. Dialogues are always in danger of “sounding” like made-up, written text and thus feel unnatural.
Direct Speech needs to sound like a real conversation. Usually, the less narration and context it needs, the better. It can be difficult to judge the effect of your dialog, nested inside the text pages and wrapped inside your narration.
Papyrus Author offers you a button that fades out narration and lets you focus on the direct speech. This way you can evaluate, distraction-free, if your bare dialogue works.
Editors and Co-Authors–Cooperation without Limitations
Part of text revision is that you let others look over your work and get their opinions. Be it a test reader, other authors you work with, or an editor.
Papyrus features a revision tracking system that allows you to work with others seamlessly. Whether you work with your partner from Papyrus to Papyrus or from Papyrus to other word processors, there are no obstacles. Exchange documents from Papyrus, OpenOffice or MS Word formats.
Revision tracking also works with multiple users, comments, comments on comments from your or other users, and quick acceptance and rejection of changes with a single click of your mouse.
And when you’re done, you can send your finished manuscript in MS Word format or as an Adobe PDF to your publisher. Or use our self-publishing export features.