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Hemmingway app to improve your writing. Experiences?
« on: June 21, 2015, 08:20:57 PM »
Just stumbled upon this: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

It works like this:


Anyone around who already tried it?
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Re: Hemmingway app to improve your writing. Experiences?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 08:33:18 PM »
I like reading passive voice and adverbs :-\

(and it didn't pick up the 'gorilla warfare' ;) )
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Re: Hemmingway app to improve your writing. Experiences?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2015, 09:13:55 PM »
I use it to find sentences that are too long. I ignore the markings for passives and the like :3
It's just a tool like a spelling checker, don't rely on it too much and you'll be fine. ^^

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Re: Hemmingway app to improve your writing. Experiences?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2015, 09:19:55 PM »
Looks like it has a lot of bugs... "The world was so alive" was marked as "very hard to read"! Plus of course you can write long sentences that are easy to read if they have an internal logic that makes them flow properly - long sentences like that are often more effective at communicating things than choppy prose imo.
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Re: Hemmingway app to improve your writing. Experiences?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2015, 11:18:30 PM »
I don't trust any kind of artificial "intelligence" (really in-built instincts, however elaborate they may be) with corrections like these. That's what proofreading and beta readers are for.
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Re: Hemmingway app to improve your writing. Experiences?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2015, 11:22:15 PM »
funy

Reading Hemming atm

He uses adverbs
he uses adjectives
He uses complicated sentences
He uses passive voice


He uses all the tools at his disposal, but he uses them well

An app will not recreate that for you

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Hemmingway app to improve your writing. Experiences?
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2015, 04:32:42 AM »
Oh, I don't intend to use it, I was just curious if somebody does and what the effects are.
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Re: Hemmingway app to improve your writing. Experiences?
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2015, 03:34:54 PM »
i've actually used it off and on since it first showed upon hacker news last year.  it's actually fairly useful if you use it right.  and, of course, by use it right i mean take all of its advice with a grain of salt.

so i've actually found it useful for a few things:
  • i'm overly zealous with my adverbs (see what i did there?) so it helps me trim out the obvious ones
  • it helps me keep the ratio of complex:simple sentences under control by pointing out where i have large swaths of simple or endless piles of the complex.
  • the word swap has been useful on an occasion or two.

so, will it make your writing better?  no.  will it help you make valuable decisions about your own writing?  maybe.  is it worth a quick copy-paste?  probably.



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Re: Hemmingway app to improve your writing. Experiences?
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2015, 04:18:25 AM »
There is nothing wrong with long sentences.
There is something wrong if most of your sentences are over 20 words.

I chunked in a 500 word piece from the start of my WIP.  It found one passive that wasn't passive. It listed 6 sentences as very difficult to understand (which seems to be only based on word count) but it shaded 17 sentences with that error, so it's not picking up sentence breaks.

While I have nothing against writing applications, this one didn't pass muster when I tested it.

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