Write like Hemingway!


#1

I know some people have difficulty writing, either misspelling words or misuse of grammar. Often this is because English is not their first language. Whatever the reason, I thought people might like a tool to help them with their writing. For now it’s just online, but that shouldn’t be a problem for most.

Edit: Forgot to mention, you can paste entire scenes into it, code and all, and it will keep your formatting.

The address is www.hemingwayapp.com


#2

It’s useful too if even you think you’re a decent writer already. There’s always something to be improved–an overdose of adverbs, for example, or having all your sentences structured in a certain way. I’d say to give it a shot if you’re editing a story and want to get out the glaring errors before giving it out the public or someone else.


#3

I love this idea - I would just warn, be careful. I played with it a little bit, and the following paragraph was rated ‘Grade 1 - Good’:

I was going to the stores for the shopping and I saw no more goods. I goes home for cat foods. Now I goes no where’s again. Why driving is so hard with crazy street lights?

So… much as I love the idea, it’s perhaps not a comprehensive editor.


#4

@Fiogan It isn’t. Check its scoring found below using that paragraph:

0 of 4 sentences are hard to read.
0 of 4 sentences are very hard to read.
0 adverbs. Aim for 0 or fewer.
0 words or phrases can be simpler.
0 uses of passive voice. Aim for 0 or fewer.

Going by that I can say it judges by coherency and repetition but it doesn’t check for grammar. The writer would have to work for that or use a word processor. It isn’t a solution to all your writing problems, but it is handy.


#5

@Fiogan I do hope that’s from an upcoming game you’re making. If so, please do keep that kind of syntax. :slight_smile:


#6

Thank you, @fantom.

Out of topic: Are there many CoG/ Hosted Games writers who are not native English speakers?


#7

@Mayday
Not including you :P? I think the author of The Land of Three Classes, as well as the author of The Nightmare Maze/Sons of the Cherry, and Myth Thrazz, the author of Imprisoned. (Myth’s name is the only one I could remember off the bat)