Ginger Software Program for Self-editing
By Janice Seagraves
I tried out Ginger. And here’s what I think.
It’s a big program and took a lot of space on my laptop and slowed it way down. Going online is a pain, so after I finish trying it out, then I’ll delete it off my hard drive.
It works online so staying online as you use the program is a must.
It’s fast. It checks over your prose one sentence at a time and shows the sentence at the top of your screen along with the sentence with the suggested changes just underneath. You have an option of skipping or accepting the changes.
It only checks your words, not your punctuation. But it will check for correct word usage, which is great.
However, I suggest you look closely at what words are being suggested before you click on accept. Some of the suggestions on names was laughable, especially since I’m currently working on a SF Romance series, so you know some of my names are going to be far from normal.
It also corrects your email and posts online.
Here’s what I think: for a free program, it’s an excellent tool for self-editing. Just make sure you have the room on your hard drive before you download it.
But, if you’re looking for a program to check for punctuation errors, then you’ll have to look somewhere else.