Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Try This App!

The Hemingway Editor (hemingwayapp.com) claims that it will "make your writing bold and clear." Well, nothing but effort and practice will improve your writing, but this app might help a bit. Some of the sentences it marks as "hard to read" are just fine, and simpler prose isn't always better; sometimes, complex thoughts need complex sentence structures. This app does do a decent job of detecting when the passive voice is used, and that's important. Stick to the active voice as often as possible. This app was featured here, and students should feel free to use the free web version. See the image below for how it marked up a draft of this post.
Screenshot of the app in action.

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