I didn’t find the demo useful because the 1,000 words I chose always came back with an error.
That could have been because my WIP is a fantasy with mages and magical cats who use incantations the software couldn’t read.
Even the most genteel literary event can soon devolve into a fist-fight between fans of Scrivener and Ulysses (both of which cost around £27, US$40, AU$50).
Microsoft Word is the default tool for many writers, but a subscription to Office 365 costs £59.99/US$69.99/AU$89 per year for one user – pretty steep if you only need the word processing element.
It wasn’t until I ran my first couple scenes through this free editing software that I realized I was in love with adverbs and had a real problem with passive voice.
Next I use Pro Writing Aid Editing Tool.* This free editing software catches things like sticky sentences (sentences with too many glue words), vague and abstract words, overused words, repeated words and phrases, complex words and pacing.
There are a lot of different online options, both paid and free.
If you’ve got the money, you might be interested in Auto Crit Editing Wizard.
You’ll still need to do the work of re-writing and you’ll still need your beta readers.
However, editing software can make self-editing a little less worrisome.