I Tested a Hemingway Short Story on the Hemingway App. Here's the Results
So there's this new browser app that allows you to write/drop content into a text box and click "Edit" to determine if your writing is "bold and clear."
It's called Hemingway (http://www.hemingwayapp.com/
- Yellow highlight means long, complex sentence.
- Red highlight means dense, very complicated sentences.
- Blue highlights adverbs (remove them)
- Purple is for words that can be more simple.
- Green marks passive voice.
I ran today's Copyblogger post through it, and the grade was a 5. You should gun for anything lower than 10.
I only had one passive sentence and one hard to read sentence (which was a line quoted from the dictionary).
For kicks I thought to test one of Hemingways short story: Clean, Well-Lighted Place. You can see the results in the image below.
Here were other short stories I tested:
- Indian Camp
: Only one sentence was hard to read, no really hard sentences to read, but 7 adverbs (you should use fewer than 23!), 10 words that could be simpler, and 9 passive voice sentences (aim for fewer than 31!).
- Hills Like White Elephants
:score of 0, 0, 17, 1, 1.
Turns out the score is based upon a ratio of word count because ... Snows of Kilimanjaro
scored ... 29, 59, 59, 22, 22 ... might look like this did a whole lot worse, but this was a much longer story (about ten times longer) ... and so the number of hard sentences you can write, so on, goes up.
Give it a shot, and see if it doesn't make your writing bold and clear. Report back here before the end of the day.