Is Your Writing as Clear as Hemingway’s? This App Can Tell You
Editing can be a daunting task for any writer. We read and reread our words looking for sentences that are unclear, unnecessary adverbs, and passive voice among other things that may weaken our writing. Often we are too close to out own work to recognize these things. It happens to me all the time. That’s why critique partners and bet readers are so valuable to writers.
Well here’s another tool that is available to help you strengthen your writing. It’s called The Hemingway App. You paste your work into the open field and it highlights areas that need attention. It points out sentences that are difficult to read, words or phrases that can be simplified, and use of adverbs and passive voice. It then assigns a grade to your writing according to its readability.
Before posting this link, I wanted to see if it really worked. I pasted in the first 500 words of my current work in progress.
I was amazed to see in 500 words I used three adverbs and had one sentence that needed to be simplified. My overall readability rate was at Grade 4. I had read these words multiple times and had two critique partners read them as well. None of us caught these.
Now this app isn’t the be-all and end-all of course. I’m not sure if I’ll change everything it highlighted in those 500 words. But it is another tool that can help me through the editing process. Remember this app doesn’t do it all. You still need critique partners and beta readers to help you with character development or plot line issues and overall appeal of your writing, among other things. This app will, however, help with the mechanics of your writing.
Click on the link below to go to the Hemingway App site.
What do you use to help you with your editing? Do you think the Hemingway App would work for you?