Bloggers, writers, journalists, and editors are always open to any assistance technology can provide to make their craft more efficient. Technology can speed up, trim down, and sometimes hurt a work of writing. Everyone that has ever used a keyboard has been bitten by spell-check or a program’s grammar suggestion. If one is sashaying into the writing game depending on technology to solely dot the i’s and cross the t’s, they won’t be in the game long. There is an App for almost everything. Knowing what you want from that App before turning it loose on a piece of work will avoid embarrassment and disappointment.
I recently came across an App named the Hemingway App. Created by the brothers Adam and Ben Long, the Hemingway App analyzes text and, aims to make your writing bold and clear. The program highlights overly complicated words, hard to read sentences and suggests alternatives. It is also picky about passive voice, elaborate adverb use and complex phrases.
I gave it a spin by having it analyze a few of my “polished” blog posts. It made suggestions that resulted “crisper” pieces. I also did what another blogger did just out of curiosity. I inserted a few paragraphs from the master himself, Hemingway into the App. The App was critical of quite a few of his sentences and offered up suggestions. Wow!
Misspelled words aside, the App doesn’t red check it’s findings as firm right or wrongs. It suggests changes that presumably will improve the piece it’s editing. If you take every suggestion to the letter of the law, your work could result as rigid without personality. Overall though I like the App and think it is one of the better tech editors available today.
Give it a run for yourself and leave a comment about your experience. The Hemingway App is free simple to access and free to use. Find it Here.