Recommendation: A Handy Proofreading Tool That I Use

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  1. Greekgeek profile image78
    Greekgeekposted 9 years ago

    I'm stubborn about letting editors, beta readers, or proofreaders anywhere near my precious prose. However, lately, I've been subjecting my fanfiction, ahem, creative writing, to a free tool called Hemingway. Yes, Hemingway. The guy who would use six words to say everything I've said thus far.

    Luckily, the tool isn't that parsimonious. It highlights complicated sentences that might trip up readers. It also flags highfalutin' language, adverbs and passive verb forms, since they're supposed to be used sparingly.

    Of course, many readers can follow convoluted sentence structure. But the name of the game is to keep eyeballs on our articles. Anything we can do to make our writing more engaging and less intimidating may keep readers from clicking the back button.

    The site has a paid version that you can download and use as a text editor, but the online version is free.

    1. Blake Flannery profile image91
      Blake Flanneryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I just tried it on one of my hubs that has been edited by an editor. It was helpful!

    2. LuisEGonzalez profile image82
      LuisEGonzalezposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks , just tried it and it works great!

    3. Ilona1 profile image61
      Ilona1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thank SO much! I really needed something like that to improve my writing. I tried it out and it highlighted a few glaring problems right away. I think I will be busy updating my writing, now.

    4. kenneth avery profile image80
      kenneth averyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Where can I find the download?

      1. Greekgeek profile image78
        Greekgeekposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        By clicking the link in my post, then clicking the green "download" button in the sidebar.

        Again, the online version that I linked to is free; the download isn't.

        1. kenneth avery profile image80
          kenneth averyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Many thanks, Greekgeek.
          Peace out.

    5. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image85
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      where can you find the free copy of this?  I looked and it is nowhere.

  2. rebekahELLE profile image84
    rebekahELLEposted 9 years ago

    Thanks for the info.  Sounds interesting.  It's great to see you back at HP.  I was thinking about you when I saw the merger news and wondered if you were making the move.  You can easily relate to those making the migration and be very helpful.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image85
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 years agoin reply to this


      Newspapers are written on a 6th grade reading level so that the general public can clearly understand what is written there.

      Online writers would be smart to do the same!

      1. Greekgeek profile image78
        Greekgeekposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        That sounds like sound advice.

        I need to muzzle my inner Cicero. wink

      2. RockyMountainMom profile image68
        RockyMountainMomposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Government agencies in the last few years have been mandated to do the same.  Definitely increases the challenges of writing in that venue. 

        This is a steep part of my learning curve in writing online.  I am not a short winded person, and complex sentence structure is something I've had to watch out for on some of my little paid gigs so far.

        I definitely plan to give this tool a try.

  3. Zeph1 profile image85
    Zeph1posted 9 years ago

    I've been using that tool for over a year now and it's definitely a helpful tool for proofreading and also for clarifying what you're writing.

  4. Arachnea profile image66
    Arachneaposted 9 years ago

    This sounds like an interesting tool. It's good to get feedback on it from someone who has used it.

  5. AliciaC profile image93
    AliciaCposted 9 years ago

    This tool looks like it could be very useful. Thanks for sharing the information.

  6. SimilarSam profile image48
    SimilarSamposted 9 years ago

    Very interesting tool and after playing around with a few pieces of writing I really liked the suggestions it was throwing at me, might have to make this a standard process going forward.

  7. lobobrandon profile image89
    lobobrandonposted 9 years ago

    Everything I enter is grade 12!! Good suggestions though. Thanks greekgeek nice to have you back.

  8. Millionaire Tips profile image91
    Millionaire Tipsposted 9 years ago

    This is a great idea! Thanks. I too write at a higher grade level, and am trying to be more approachable!

  9. Sue Adams profile image96
    Sue Adamsposted 9 years ago

    Thank you. I just edited 2 of my low scoring hubs with this tool. It really helps me find little mistakes and improve readability. 57 more hubs to do. Hey ho!.

  10. Fiorenza profile image70
    Fiorenzaposted 9 years ago

    Hi Greekgeek, nice to see you here.  Did you transfer your articles to HP or are they part of the great exodus?  I found your html advice very useful when I was first on Squidoo.

    1. Greekgeek profile image78
      Greekgeekposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Fiorenza: I'm transferring my lenses.  Some may eventually wind up on my own website instead, but this saves me some work as far as getting my content off Squidoo (which in fact I was beginning to do before the news broke).

  11. Anna Marie Bowman profile image74
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this!!!  I will give it a try and see how it works! It can't hurt, right?

  12. profile image0
    robertzimmerman2posted 9 years ago

    Thanks again for another valuable tip. You da "HelpMeister!"


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