The video above appears in the Further Reading article
I write articles for my Blog almost every day. Sometimes I write several. These may be only a few sentences or several paragraphs in length. I like to work at improving my writing so I have adopted two tools. These are the Safari extension and the Hemmingway Editor
I posted in March of 2018 about the Grammarly extension for Safari. This is a free option for you. The Safari extension only works on web documents. You do have the option with Grammarly of uploading files for analysis. A benefit of the browser extension is that it analyzes every form I fill out on-line. I enter the text to post on my WordPress Blog through the web portal. The extension performs its check on my writing and I can correct it before publishing the post.
The Hemmingway Editor is also either a free web-based tool or a $19.99 App that you can run on your desktop. I have been using the web version of the tool. You can see a screenshot of this document in that tool before I tweaked it from the suggested changes.
The Hemmingway Editor gives you feedback and suggestions for improving your writing.
- It provides a measure of the document’s readability.
- It gives you a word count
- It counts and identifies used adverbs
- It counts and identifies uses of passive voice
- It counts and identifies phrases that could be simpler
- It counts and identifies hard to read sentences
The only complaint I have is that I cannot copy and paste from Hemmingway into the WordPress web portal. Extra HTML formatting is copied over. I find that it is best to do a “Paste and Match Style”.
If you do any writing, I recommend that you try the Hemmingway Editor. I have been using it for a few weeks and I believe that it has helped me improve how I write.
- Free to use the web tool
- Gives visual feedback
- Interactive, you are immediately able to see the effect of changes
- Simple to use
- Requires an internet connection
- Cutting & pasting from Hemmingway pulls extra HTML formating