On this day, in 1961, Hemingway killed himself. Consider this a tribute of sorts.
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.”
Enter the Hemingway App
It’s called Hemingway.
- Yellow highlight means long, complex sentence.
- Red highlight means dense, very complicated sentences.
- Blue highlights indicate adverbs (remove them).
- Purple is for words that can be more simple. (Purple prose, get it?)
- Green marks passive voice.
I ran The Efficient Writer: A Blunt Guide through it, and the grade was a seven.
You should gun for anything lower than a ten.
As you can see, I had one hard-to-read sentence (which was a quote), two very-hard-to-read sentences, and one passive sentence.
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.
Only one sentence was hard to read, no really hard sentences to read, but seven adverbs (you should use fewer than twenty-three!), ten words that could be simpler, and nine passive voice sentences (aim for fewer than thirty-one!).
“Hills Like White Elephants”
Then I noticed something about the results. Turns out the score is based upon a ratio of word count because …
“Snows of Kilimanjaro”
This story scored a 29, 59, 59, 22, 22 … which 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.
Moral of the story: Yes, Hemingway passes the Hemingway.
This post originally posted here.