Hemingway App Review
When I write I have a tendency to ramble. I can’t help it. I want to make a point and feel that the only way to do this is to write way too many words than I need to express a rather simple point, as this sentence shows. Sometimes I imagine readers having a lunch break in the middle of my sentences just so they have the strength to get through the second half.
I’m not the only one of course. There are many writers that need a second person to check through their text for writers-ticks. It is this very reason that I’m glad that someone recommended to me the Hemingwayapp.com website.
Hemingwayapp.com is a completely free to use and souped-up writing checker. Using different colours you can see all the things you need to be aware of as a writer. Things such as long sentences, passive voice or wishy-washy language are all picked up by Hemingway App.
The website is really easy to use, just copy, paste your text or type directly into the box and as you type the colours will appear almost by magic so, you can edit and amend to your hearts content.
There is a downloadable version but I’m only looking only at the free online version in this post.
So, what types of things does Hemingway App do?
Text Count, Reading Time and Readability
• It quickly totals up all the letters, characters, words, sentences and number of paragraphs.
• Gives you an estimation of how long it would take the average person to read.
• Readability score – a quick reference to the educational level someone needs to be able to read it. The lower the score the easier it is for someone to read.
Errors or possible changes in your text are highlighted with one of five colours, once found.
• Adverbs – Highlights adverbs where a better alternative may exist (e.g. ‘said loudly’ could be ‘shouted’ or ‘ran quickly’ could be ‘sprinted’ etc.)
• Passive Voice – Uses of a passive voice (e.g. ‘The call was answered by Steve’ could be ‘Steve answered the call’)
• Phrases that have simpler alternatives
• Sentences that are hard to read
Hemingway app allows you to make parts of your text bold, italic, and underlined. You can also add bullet points or numbers to your text. If you want to make something a hyperlink you can do that too.
In order to show you just how easy it is to use, let’s take a look at the demonstration paragraph when you first access Hemingwayapp.com.
It gives you a quick look at the possible issues that it highlights. Now all I have to do is edit the text accordingly.
As you can see, I’ve trimmed down some of the sentences, removed the adverbs and removed the passive voice. In only a few minutes I’ve dropped the text down to readability levels. It really is that simple.
Hemingwayapp.com is a free and really easy to use app that offers suggestions on how to improve the quality and readability of your own writing. You can always, use or ignore as many of these suggestions as you want, as a writer you need to keep your own voice. This site gives you all the tools at its disposal to help you make a well-informed choice. It’s definitely worth a look for anyone looking to improve their skill.