Find out with this app
Ever wonder how Ernest Hemingway, the master of tight prose, would have handled your annual report?
Now you can find out.
Paste your copy into The Hemingway App, a creation of Adam Long and Ben Long, to find out:
- Which sentences are hard to read
- How many adverbs your verbs are leaning on
- Which words or phrases could be simpler
- Where you’re using the passive voice
Hemingway also suggests how you can fix these problems.
How did Ann do?
I pasted my Measure the Fog post into The Hemingway App and learned that one of my sentences was hard to read. Hemingway recommended using fewer words or cutting this sentence in two:
In a story, clutter — too many words — can mask the great quotes, the stunning twists of phrase and the dynamic anecdotes — just as the dull rock can mask the opal.
Hell, yeah, Hemingway! I’m a passionate dasher from way back, but even I have to admit that three dashes in one sentence is not dashing.
Hemingway also flagged this instance of the passive voice:
Think about how opals are made.
Good point! But Hemingway suggested fixing it by writing, “Think about how [Someone] made opals.
Hell, no, Hemingway! But now that you mention it, I am willing to activate the passive with: Think about how opals form.
Bottom line: My post weighed in at the fifth-grade level. Hemingway says that’s “Good.”
Thank you, Papa.
How did you do?
Give the Hemingway app a whirl. I’d love to hear how it worked for you … and what changes you made based on Hemingway’s advice.