Posted on November 7, 2016 by Deborah MakariosHave You Hemmed? What’s your experience with hemming? Have you hemmed a skirt, a tablecloth, a trouser cuff? Hemmed and hawed? Read Hemingway?
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I irregularly run writing pieces through the Hemingway Editor app. Does that count?
Yeah, why not! I’d never heard of the Hemingway app before. Have you ever run Bulwer-Lytton’s famous first line through it, just to see if it explodes? In a spirit of scientific enquiry, of course….
I tried it, and it said there was not enough text. (It requires more than 40 characters.) So I wrote the same sentence again. It happily reported the work had a readability of Grade 0 (that’s good), with zero sentences being hard to read, having zero phrases with simpler alternatives, zero adverbs, and zero uses of passive voice. Success!
What happens if you put in the whole first line? “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”
Readability Grade 15 (Ok);
1 sentence is very hard to read;
1 adverb. Remove it.
1 use of passive voice. Remove it.
Read time of 13 seconds.
1 sentence is very hard to read – yep, that’s it there! Thanks for gratifying my curiosity 🙂