My attention was riveted the first time I heard the words “Hemingway App.”
A writing app named after Ernest Hemingway? Of course I’m going to check that out. After all, I’m the guy who insists that communications professionals read Hemingway to learn how to write clearly and concisely.
It is often said that Ernest Hemingway’s writing uses the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. Thus, the Hemingway Editor app examines your writing for readability in terms of education level. The app:
- Highlights sentences that are hard to read,
- Looks for opportunities to use simpler words or phrases, and
- Flags you use the passive voice (to which you should apply common sense, I might add; active voice is often abused).
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The app also quantifies you writing by counting the number of paragraphs, sentences, words, characters, letters and, delightfully, read time. You can even do some markdown formatting.
This screenshot shows the Hemingway Editor’s view of my first two paragraphs for this post:
Hemingway Editor App Demonstration
This screencast video by Mary Schaefer shows the app in action:
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