Online tool helps you write better

Here’s a simple, helpful improve-your-writing tool on the web: Hemingway.

It looks like this:

Hemingway

Hemingway goes over the prose you paste into it and marks these things:


  • It gives you the reading grade level and encourages you to keep it low.
  • Sentences that are hard to read. They are long and complicated.
  • Sentences that are very hard to read. They are longer and even more complicated.
  • Adverbs. You almost always need fewer of them. (I wish they’d also mark adjectives for the same reason.)
  • Words or phrases that can be simpler. You know, utilize when you could say use.
  • Uses of passive voice. I don’t think passive voice is the monster many make it out to be. But seeing it marked, you can decide whether or not it’s appropriate.

Give it a try. It’s quick and easy and can help you meaningfully improve your writing.


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4 responses to “Online tool helps you write better”

  1. Oh my gosh, how much do I love this? Thank you, Jeff!

  2. Oh my gosh, how much do I love this? Thank you, Jeff!

  3. Amazing resource! Thank you for sharing this – I just forwarded it to all my (non-writer) colleagues.

  4. Amazing resource! Thank you for sharing this – I just forwarded it to all my (non-writer) colleagues.

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