As an aspiring yet horribly lazy writer, the editing process is a daunting procedure. One that, weirdly, I kind of enjoy when done in short, largely sparse fragments. I am certainly not blinded by naivety that my writing is perfect as a first draft (or perhaps I’m just an expert at criticizing and doubting myself, but I let’s pretend it’s the other one) therefore, striking lines through terribly phrased sentences and stupid dialogue is easy. It is the overall text which is difficult to me; observing the pacing and continuity, run-on sentences, and structure is the bane of my existence as a (wannabe) writer.
The Hemingway Editor is a perfect program to analyze your writing, be it prose or an essay. The readability grade level is helpful in seeing how difficult or easy your text is to read and how consistent it is throughout. If you’re frequently writing run-on sentences that are flagged by lecturers in most of your essays like I am, this editing program could really help you visually see where your sentences are too long and complicated. You can input text or write the words straight into the program with typical writing document features situated at the top, and then simply click ‘edit’ to see a colourful analysis of your text.
The features include a readability grade, estimated reading time, and highlighted elements of the text such as hard sentences, phrases, and the number of adverbs and use of passive voice. The sentences are divided by ‘hard’ and ‘very hard’ with the colours yellow and red. Phrases are highlighted in purple and alternatives are given when the mouse hovers over the phrase. Hemingway also advises on how many adverbs and uses of the passive voice should be included and how many to remove. As a person who responds well to visuals, the different colours are especially helpful, and the program is extremely easy to use.
Have you used Hemingway Editor or another program? What did you think?