5 Reasons Young and Old Writers Need the SAS Writing Reviser Add-on for Google Docs


Are you one of the more than 240 million users of Google Drive? Are you using Google Docs in the classroom, for work or life? Whether you are writing a narrative essay for your 5th-grade teacher due in two days, summarizing your methods and results for the lab report due by the end of the semester, drafting a new blog post (déjà vu), crafting a newsletter, or writing in any other form, if you are doing it in Google Docs, you need the SAS Writing Reviser Add-on for Google Docs.  

image of the Writing Reviser add-on highlighting all prepositional phrases

All prepositional phrases in a draft of this post highlighted by the SAS Writing Reviser.

Here’s why.

  1. Think like a professional writer. By learning to ask questions experienced writers ask automatically, you’ll learn to express yourself with accuracy and power.
  2. Employ guided revision. You’ll be guided to focus on key elements such as organization, sentence structure, and word choice. Writing Reviser doesn’t make the revision; it helps you find missed opportunities in your own work.
  3. Explore stats—for the analytically-minded writer. If I knew math was involved in writing when I was younger, beyond word count or page length, I would have been significantly more engaged. Writing Reviser tracks details like sentence length, wordiness, parallel structure, passive voice, and choppy prepositional phrases. This data updates during revision.
  4. Enjoy seamless integration with Google Docs. The Writing Reviser Add-on for Google Docs works as simply as any menu item. For a profound and productive experience, embed the power of SAS Writing Reviser in the power of Google Docs.
  5. It’s free! Follow the steps outlined in this post with your free account (see these posts for questions about accounts) from SAS Curriculum Pathways to add SAS Writing Reviser to your Google Docs. There’s no catch.

We all write—for school, for work, and for myriad other reasons. It’s how we demonstrate comprehension, how we communicate knowledge, ideas, and experiences. It’s how we connect with each other. But the revision process is complex. Revisers must be sensitive to your goals and reconsider the focus, meaning, and effectiveness from your perspective.

Those of us who are not professional writers and are forever students of writing need more than handbook slogans (Write clearly!); we need sophisticated, context-sensitive tools. The SAS Writing Reviser is such a tool. In addition to being effective, it's also convenient: you don't need to move, import, or copy your essay; you revise right where your write. That means you can focus on your prose, not the technology. 

SAS Writing Reviser helps you focus on various goals of revision:

  • Economy: Finding ways to be more concise and direct.
  • Variety: Varying sentence structure to more fully engage readers.
  • Power: Writing more forcefully (e.g., check your verbs; we'll list them all for you).
  • Clarity. Enhancing coherence by carefully stating a thesis, ordering paragraphs, and arranging sentence parts.

SAS Writing Reviser targets more than 20 potential problem areas on both the macro scale (e,g,, thesis statements) and the micro scale (e.g., diction). With the new Add-on for Google Docs, the tool becomes an integral part of the writing process. It’s now easier than ever to take immediate action and improve your writing. Watch in the video below as we highlight all the prepositional phrases in a an essay so that the writer can sharpen a potentially dull and confusing sentence.


More about SAS Writing Reviser

SAS Writing Reviser is just one of the powerful tools contained in the Writing Navigator series from SAS Curriculum Pathways. Check out our new writingnavigator.com site for all the details. The series also contains a planning, drafting, and publishing tool. Best of all, even if you aren’t one of the millions of Google Drive users, you can find SAS Writing Navigator for your device since it's available on iPad, on Chromebook, and through web browsers. All are free and simply require a free SAS Curriculum Pathways account.

Once you've tried the SAS Writing Reviser Add-on for Google Docs, or one of the other Writing Navigator tools, let us know what you think and how we can make it even better. Tweet us at @saseducator or find us on Facebook. Educator and student feedback continues to be our first and best source for new features and improvements. So, let us know what you think and what you would like to see in the next release.

Helpful Ways to Access and Use Writing Navigator with Links

SAS Writing Reviser Add-on for Google Docs [view the getting started video]

SAS Writing Navigator iPad App [view a preview video]

SAS Writing Navigator Chromebook App

SAS Writing Navigator on the web at WritingNavigator.com


About Author

Scott McQuiggan

Scott McQuiggan leads SAS® Curriculum Pathways®, an interdisciplinary team focused on the development of no-cost educational software in the core disciplines at SAS. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2009, where his research focused on affective reasoning in intelligent game-based learning environments. His research has been published in more than 30 journal articles and refereed conference proceedings, and been recognized through several best paper nominations including Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction.


    • Scott McQuiggan
      Scott McQuiggan on

      Great question! The short answer is not at this time. Though, hearing requests like this from customers does help us prioritize our roadmap. The best way to take advantage of the Writing Reviser with Microsoft Word is to copy your writing into the tool at writingnavigator.com.


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