Writing Product Review: Hemingway App
Review by Leigh Holland.
The Hemingway Editor App is free to use online and for $20.00 you can download the app to your desktop. You can install it on as many devices as you legally own. What does it do?
It helps train you to tighten your writing by identifying excessive use of passive voice, adverbs, and clunky sentence construction. Spend a few days typing into the editor as you write and you’ll being to see a difference in your rough draft writing. It immediately helped me to see where I was overusing adverbs and passive voice, so that even outside of the app, I no longer used them as often in my writing. Is it worth $20? I think it was a good investment, since my entire family, kids included, are using it to become better writers. I feel it paid off in helping me construct a neater, cleaner first draft. You can find it at Hemingway Editor App.
Here are some examples of how it works:
First, I entered some snippets of work from some of the authors in my library, just for fun.
As we can see, it has a color coded system to the right sidebar. It shows you how many instances of adverbs, passive voice, hard to read and very hard to read sentences the entry has. It makes recommendations for simpler alternatives and how many uses of adverbs and passive voice are appropriate.
You might also note it shows you word count and gives a rating with a grade level. You’d think the higher the grade level, the better, but that’s not true at all. You want to appeal to a wider audience while being concise and direct. That means Grade 3 to Grade 6 is best.
It can also expand in a drop down to show you how long it takes to read the passage, number of letters, characters, words, sentences, and paragraphs.