Tip 54. Use special editing software

You can use special software such as plain language editors to help you write in plain language more quickly and easily.

Plain language editors do much more than your usual spell-checker and grammar checker.

Typically, plain language software will scan your document for certain kinds of writing faults, such as inappropriate jargon and wordiness, and then suggest plain language alternatives.

Plain language software includes software called StyleWriter by EditorSoftware; RightWriter; and myWriterTools.

But stay clear of software that promises to “enrich” your text (such as Whitesmoke's text enricher). These so-called “text enrichment” programs add unneeded adverbs and adjectives and sometimes prefer pretentious words to simple words, which can all make your writing worse than before.

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