Nine Great Online Resources To Help You Edit Your Manuscript
Once you have finished writing your rough draft, you are ready to move your manuscript from rough draft to second draft. In the second draft, or “first re-write” as some call it, you want to make sure that all of the pieces fit together. If it is a fiction book, check to see that your characters are well developed and that your plot is exciting and strong. If your work is non-fiction make sure that your message is clear and concise.
Following are 9 great online resources to help you edit your manuscript. These resources will help you correct your grammar, find the right word and format appendices such are bibliographies. Do you have other resources that you use? Please share them in the comment section below.
This blog gives you access to the fundamentals of American Psychological Association (APA) style.
This is the online resource for the popular Chicago Manual of Style. This site includes an online forum and basic style rules.
This site is based on the classic book by Strunk and White.
Dictionary.com is the world’s leading, online resource for everything word related. The site includes definitions, synonyms, audio pronunciations, example sentences, translations and spelling help through their partner services Thesaurus.com and Reference.com.
Acronym Finder is the world’s largest dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. When used in conjunction with the Acronym Attic, Acronym Finder contains more than 5 million acronyms and abbreviations.
Find rhymes, near rhymes, homophones, synonyms and definitions for a given word.
Grammar Girl is an excellent source for information on proper word usage and punctuation.
The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana offers access to this grammar handbook which includes basic grammar rules, citation styles and writing tips.
Easybib.com is an online tool that will generate a “Works Cited” page instantly in Modern Language Association (MLA) style for free. Over 59 other styles, including APA and Chicago are included in their membership.