The Basics: Grammar & Syntax
Some good ideas. I do use ProWritingAid when editing but it is limited and doesn't pick up things like structural problems. One thing it does do is show you things like repeated words that you may be using without even realizing it . . . ie . . . like 'just', 'forward', etc. It also picks up long sentences that may be better if broken up. ProWritingAid does have it's uses and it works in conjunction with Word.
Editing should never be done while still wearing the writer's hat. Writing and editing are two separate processes. Back when authors wrote on manual typewriters, editing waited patiently until a draft was completed, because it was a bloody nuisance to make corrections on the fly. Now with computers, editing and writing can be done simultaneously, a procedure that essentially eliminates writing completed drafts prior to editing. Writing on a computer, with its inherent ability to eliminate the essential hiatus between the two processes, is responsible for much of the lackluster writing being cranked out in this Cybernetic Age. Maybe, if we plan to write the commonplace three drafts, the first two drafts could be composed on a typewriter, where ambulance chasing editing is highly discouraged. The final draft could be done on the computer, with its ability to produce clean, error-free manuscripts.
I have always considered writing to be a musical form, the words on their pages capable of being conducted like a musical score. Every sour note blared indicates words impeding on the rhythm and needing to be reworked or removed. If your writing doesn't sing, or if you're waiting for the fat lady to bail you out, the words, even when thoughtfully rendered, will never soar and your work will remain as flat as your grandmother's iron.