So, I was doing some purusing around some of the other blogs that have followed me the past few days, and came across Dean McSmith’s site. He has a page for writing tools and such, and one of them was an online app called Hemingway.
I’m constantly on the lookout for things to help writers on the cheap, and I think this may be one of those tools. It’s not going to make your content spectacular, it’s not going to make you sound super intelligent, but paired with the lessons we authors learn as we go, I found it to be a very good tool for initial edits. I put a science fiction work I’ve been working on through it, and it does quite a bit. It does a good job of pointing out complex sentences, adverbs, and passive use of voice. It even offers suggestions as to how many should be in your work (Though I do tend to ignore norms like that.)
As stated before, this isn’t going to turn you into a rock star writer overnight. But if you’re like I was when I started Breath of the Titans, stumbling and bumbling your way blindly with no editor other than your sweet wife that you’ve forced to read your story at gun point six hundred times to the point where she remembers stuff better than you do now, it helps. You WILL have to pay attention as it catches Dialogue in it’s filter, but since it doesn’t change a thing, it’s not a problem.
*I am in NO WAY affiliated with Hemingway App, I just found it searching for resources for poor authors like myself.*