Hemingway

Hemingway is a tool that can help you with your writing. It’s not a perfect proofreader, so you’ll still have to use your brain, your friends, your writing tutorials, and other methods, but it is one more tool to add to your writing toolbox.

First, go to the website and click on “Write”:

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Copy-and-paste a text you’re working on, and click “Edit”. It will then give you suggestions about how to make your writing better. Here’s their example:

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It’s pretty self-explanatory. It is not, however, a good grammar or spell-checker. Here’s an example of something written by one of my students. It was her first draft, so it has quite a few grammar and usage errors, and it assumes the the writer is using “depart” as a verb. What she means is “department store”, which is an English loan word in Japanese and is shortened to “depart”. A computer program isn’t going to understand that. Not yet, anyway.

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I think I disagree with Hemingway that only 2 sentences are hard to read. So, it’s not a replacement for proofreading, but try using it at one stage of your revision process to help you make your writing as clear and concise as you can.

 

 

 

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