Welcome to Prowrit

Languages supported: SA English, British English, American English, Afrikaans.

The site language is British English.

The following two options are available.

    Copy-editing Option 1

Improve word choice and style with context-optimized suggestions.

  • spelling

  • grammar and tenses

  • word- and language usage

  • punctuation

  • consistency

  • format: font, spacing, breaks

  • bias

   Copy-editing Option 2

Substantive editing - sometimes called developmental editing

Strengthen the content, sharpen the focus, rearrange and organize…

  • spelling

  • grammar and tenses

  • word- and language usage

  • punctuation

  • consistency

  • format: font, spacing, breaks

  • bias

  • fact checking

  • technical concepts explained for fluency

  • headings, numbering etc

  • style and clarity

  • indexing

  • Structuring a coherent whole

  • Logical order of presentation

  • Necessary information included, unnecessary information deleted

  • Useful retrieval aids (table of contents, internal headings, index)

  • Logical and useful navigation aids for online materials


Typographical Errors
Typographical errors or typos refer to word errors.

Grammatical Errors
A grammatical error is an instance of faulty, unconventional, or controversial usage such as a misplaced modifier or an inappropriate verb tense.

Stylistic Errors
Stylistic errors refer to different types of errors for example:

  • Nouns whose number are difficult to determine

  • Varying sentence length

  • Sentences using passive voice

  • Sentences beginning with coordinating conjunctions

  • Phrases and words that are inappropriate

  • Words that are repeated too often


Job definition
Copy editors begin the editing process by fixing any grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors. They also double check that names, places and organizations are spelled properly and that facts, dates and statistics are accurate. This involves contacting and sometimes having to verify writers' sources as well as conducting online research.

Each publication or institution employs its own style guide that dictates writing standards, such as tense, voice or the spelling of certain words. Copy editors ensure that articles are written in accordance with the style guide. They work closely with writers, suggesting changes to enhance an articles' readability, conciseness and style. Copy editors also help writers research topics and locate and contact sources throughout the development of articles.