Your Rough Draft:
Now is the time to edit your document. You can add transitions,
edit spelling, change syntax, and get ready to move to the next
step of publishing your final draft. You will have access to
a variety of tools to assist you in the editing process including
spell checking, thesaurus, dictionary, word count, readability
There is a built-in spell checker and thesaurus in Process Writer.
It works like most spell checkers you have used in other programs.
A thesaurus is an indispensable tool for every level of author.
Often students have heard vocabulary but are not quite sure
what the meaning is. This especially important when they are
using source materials for their writing which many times
will contain unknown words.
We included Word Count for obvious reasons, sometimes we ask
students to write documents of a specific length.
We included a readability measure because students love to
get a score. I have personally found that many students can
be motivated to use longer words, add adjectives and create
more complex sentences, simply because it changes their grade
level score on the readability scale.
One of the most useful editing tools we have included in Writers
Companion is text-to-speech. The ability to hear
what you have written is an invaluable tool in finding your
errors in spelling, syntax and grammar. You can choose from
a variety of voices that are built-in to Writers Companion.
This allows you to control how your document sounds when it
is being read.