Be Your Own Editor
You know what Hemingway said about the first draft of anything. Papyrus Author’s editing tools help you refine that draft into a polished, publication-ready book.
Style Analysis: To The Point
Like a second pair of eyes, the Style Analysis points out all the spots in your manuscript that deserve a closer look. This includes stylistic weaknesses like repetitions, filler words, and awkward sentence construction.
It will also spark your creativity by encouraging you to apply more detail when needed. Passages that violate the famous “show, don’t tell” maxim are marked.
The aim isn’t to change your personal style, but rather to nudge you to make more informed decisions about how you write.
When the Style Analysis highlights a passage, use this as an opportunity to evaluate which suggestions improve your text, rather than implementing each one across the board.
We recommend turning on the Style Analysis once you’re ready to revise. Don’t let it disturb you while writing the first draft. There are three options of editing strength. Try the lowest level for first revisions, and the highest for final corrections. The final decision on changes always rests with you.
This is what the Style Analysis looks 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
Readability Evaluation: In Your Reader’s Shoes.
You want your reader engrossed in your story, not stumbling over sentences. That’s where our Readability Evaluation comes in.
The evaluation is based on linguistic research that calculates the clarity of a text with great precision. The criteria include word difficulty and complexity of sentence construction. Also taken into account are word length, foreign words, punctuation, and sentence length. We translated all this into an easy-to-use tool.
The Readability Evaluation is activated with a simple click. Each paragraph is highlighted in a certain color: Red for the most challenging parts to read, green for middle, and blue for the easiest to read. You can see at a glance which parts of the text could use a go-over.
Of course, not all books are alike. Fast-paced thrillers benefit from shorter sentences, while academic papers are more complex. The Readability Assessment lets you calibrate to your audience. Just adjust the settings to fiction, non-fiction, or technical writing.
Let’s Talk Dialogue.
Capturing natural speech is one of the greatest challenges in writing. Dialogue needs to sound like a real conversation. Usually, the less narration and context it needs, the better.
Papyrus Author has a smart button that fades out narration to let you focus solely on the dialogue. This helps you evaluate whether your characters’ conversation flows smoothly and naturally.
Collaboration Made Easy.
Revising often means sharing your work and getting feedback, be it with test readers, co-authors, or an editor.
Papyrus features a revision tracking system that lets you collaborate smoothly with others, even if they’re using a different word processor. Papyrus files transfer easily into Word or OpenOffice and back again.
Revision tracking deftly manages multiple users and comments on comments, threading the conversation for ease of comprehension. Accept or reject suggested changes with a click of your mouse.