Every time you write a post for your website, your goal is to reach your audience. Making your posts easy-to-read is important if you want people to tune in. In fact, these days, people scan more than they read. That means you need to keep things simple. We could all use a little extra help with our compositions – some automatic feedback before we share our posts to the world at large.
That’s where Hemingway comes in. It is a writing tool to help you reach your audience. With Hemingway, you can make sure your writing is accessible to everyone. Hemingway is a standalone online or desktop application. You can either use the free online version via their website, or pay $19.99 to download it to your computer and access it there.
Paste or type your text into the editor. Hemingway will show you the reading level of your text and color-coded areas where you could improve. Here’s what that looks like:
How can Hemingway help you reach your audience?
- Hemingway scores the reading level of your article, so you can make it as accessible as possible.
Unless you’re writing a scholarly article, you might want to aim for about an 8th-grade reading level to make sure it is simple for your audience to understand.
- It counts adverbs, encouraging you to cut them out and make your writing shine.
Instead of saying, “He talked softly,” say “He whispered.” Instead of “he ran quickly,” say “he sprinted.” This will give your writing more depth.
- It will count the number of words for you so you know if you are meeting your goals.
- It encourages you to use active voice.
Rather than “The book was laid aside,” try “The girl laid the book aside.” Use a subject and an action to bring your writing to life.
- It will let you know if sentences are hard to read, so you can simplify them.
- If you could use a simpler word, Hemingway highlights the questionable term in purple, and gives you other choices.
For more information about how Hemingway works, try their help page.
Hemingway has a free online version, and a $19.99 desktop version for Windows or Mac.