6. StyleWriter's scores and ratings encourage clear writing
StyleWriter has three key scores and ratings shown at the bottom of the program's screen.
- The Bog Index - an overall score of the clarity of your style. Conventional readability formulas are simplistic, counting characters or syllables and sentence length. StyleWriter's Bog Index is the first readability formula to work on a graded wordlist making it more accurate. The Bog Index replaces StyleWriters Style Index, although the program still records the Style Index in its statistics.
- The Average Sentence Length is a guide to how readable your writing is. If you have a high sentence average, look for ways to cut out unnecessary words and phrases or split the long sentences into shorter sentences. As you move through your document in the Main StyleWriter window, you'll see your long sentences highlighted so you can edit them.
- The Passive Index is a measure of the most common writing problem. The Passive Index shows if you have used too many passive verbs and helps you decide how many you need to change into active verbs. If you can keep your Passive Index below 25, you're using an excellent writing style.
StyleWriter instantly updates each score and rating as you edit your document.
As you edit with StyleWriter, you'll discover that StyleWriter shortens sentences and improves word choice. This makes your writing style clear and understandable.
Delete advice that annoys you
Deleting advice from the program is easy. Anything that annoys you - perhaps because it has a different industry-specific meaning you can easily remove.
StyleWriter shows you a breakdown of your writing problems
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StyleWriter edits text documents: articles, press releases, technical manuals, speeches, ads, sales letters, proposals, legal documents, corporate communications...you name it. Within seconds after launching StyleWriter, the program analyzes your document and highlights all of its faults; these include:
Legal words ...plus lots more!
Even professional editors with Ph.Ds have a tough time catching every incorrect nook and nuance in a document. StyleWriter sports an impressive list of style categories to catch poor spelling, weak word usage, and improper style usage; this includes:
PASSIVE VERBS: StyleWriter highlights all passive verbs so that you can change them into active verbs. Active verbs are essential to good writing. Replacing passive verbs with active verbs makes your writing lively, direct and personal. Active verbs will also cut between 20 to 30 per cent of wasted words.
HIDDEN VERBS: StyleWriter will dig out those hard-to-find hidden verbs -- verbs that act as nouns. When you uncover and remove hidden verbs,
your writing becomes stronger, clearer and more readable. Example: Hidden: Please take into consideration the costs. Uncovered: Please consider the costs.
COMPLEX WORDS: StyleWriter will highlight any complex word in your document and offer a simpler, more familiar word. Using simpler words will help to make your meaning clear so your readers can concentrate on your message.
JARGON and ABSTRACT WORDS: Words that don't add meaning. StyleWriter highlights these words and suggests alternatives to be more specific.
OVERUSED WORDS: StyleWriter highlights words overused in writing. They include: Vogue Words (ambience, cohort, conceptual, context); Weak Words (amazing, awful, fabulous); and
LEGAL WORDS: Legal words confuse most of us. Legal language contains old-fashioned words and phrases that are not used in everyday writing and conversation. StyleWriter will help you take out the legal jargon and use simpler, more familiar words.
CLICHES: Cliches are phrases that have become devalued through overuse. They can make your writing predictable, stale and wordy. StyleWriter will find your cliches and help you find a substitute.
BUSINESS CLICHES: Business writing has developed its own set of overused phrases that you should edit from your writing. StyleWriter highlights common business cliches and offers an alternative or some advice to help you express yourself in a more natural and
REDUNDANCIES: Getting rid of unnecessary words in your writing will make your sentences shorter and your meaning clearer. Economy of words is a mark of good writing. StyleWriter highlights redundant phrases and offers shorter, simpler alternatives to remove padding from your writing.
TAUTOLOGIES: Tautology is the unnecessary repetition of the same idea in different words. StyleWriter will target these words and help you weed them out.
OVERWRITING: Overusing qualifying words weakens writing. You can often delete them without loss of meaning or emphasis. Example: It is completely unnecessary... (should be) It is unnecessary...
FOREIGN WORDS: Writers often use foreign words and phrases to impress their readers, but instead confuse and frustrate them. StyleWriter highlights common foreign phrases and usually gives the English equivalent. This lets you omit the foreign words, use the English equivalent, or recast your sentence.
MISUSED WORDS: Many writers are unaware of the exact meaning of certain words. StyleWriter highlights words frequently misused, gives a brief definition of the correct meaning and advises you on correct usage.
CONFUSED WORDS: Writers confuse many words. Sometimes the words sound the same, sometimes the spelling differs slightly, sometimes there is a fine distinction of meaning or usage between words. StyleWriter contains a list of
common words that are sometimes confused and makes sure you are using the correct word with the right meaning.
CONFUSED HYPHEN: Many writers have difficulty using hyphens. StyleWriter's advice will help you improve your use of hyphens.
SEXIST WRITING: Many people object to the sexist bias in our language. Good writing should not contain bias that may offend or confuse your readers. StyleWriter highlights sexist words and phrases that you can change or omit to make your writing nonsexist.
GRAMMAR: StyleWriter highlights grammar points to help improve your writing.
SPELLING: StyleWriter helps
improve your spelling. It highlights the wrong spelling of the 2,000 most frequently misspelled words and displays information to help correct your mistake.
HOUSE STYLE: The House Style category allows you to place the rules or writing advice of your organization in StyleWriter.
You can identify your writing habits (poor or good) in every document. The left-hand side of StyleWriter's Style Categories
screen shows the style problems in the document you're checking. You'll find this a great way to know if your style is passive and wordy, abstract or stale.
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Use StyleWriter's summary of writing issues to identify your writing habits.
StyleWriter's right-hand side of the Style Categories screen helps you proofread your document.
Word Usage: StyleWriter's Word Usage categories offer advice on misused and confused words, hyphenation and word division, gender]specific writing, informal words and many other problems. StyleWriter does not know whether you have used these words correctly, but considers them worth highlighting. Those shown in grey are default off.
Spellchecker: Works like a conventional spellchecker, but looks up Microsoft Word's spellchecker for suggested corrections. This look-up feature is not available if you are checking your document through the clipboard.
Questionable: Advises on preferred spelling, inappropriate language and flags words that are usually errors that fool conventional spellcheckers.