As speakers and coaches, most of you do a lot of writing. Blog posts, newsletter articles, social media posts, web copy, you name it. Each of us has our own unique way of saying things too, but … how much of what we write does our audience understand?
Studies show it’s easier for adult readers to read and comprehend copy written at the 4th-6th grade reading level. That should be easy to do, right? Well not so much. How do you even know what grade level your writing speaks to?
There’s an app for that!
Hemingway Editor: a Proofreading Tool for Writers.
Created by Adam and Ben Long, the Hemingway Editor is a free online app, or desktop tool priced at $20. It’s available for both the PC and Mac. The editor highlights common problems in the text, and color codes them so they are easy to identify.[clickToTweet tweet=”Could a 6th grader understand your content?” quote=”Could a 6th grader understand your content?”]
The editor is very simple to use. You can type your content right in the app. Or you can copy your text from your favorite word processor and paste it into the Hemingway text editor. Click on EDIT view and it will show you all the areas that need improvement. Make your corrections in the app or edit the original text in your word processor.
I’ve been using the Hemingway Editor to write this newsletter tip. I copied my original text into the editor and made my corrections there. It’s taken me a few attempts, but I’ve managed to get it down to a Grade 5 reading level. I started at Grade 6, so that wasn’t bad to begin with.
Do you know how your writing ranks? The next time you write a blog post or newsletter articles, pop it into the Hemingway Editor and find out!
Also published on Medium.
In business since 1991, Terry Green is the founder/CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, online marketing support company comprised of a team of talented professionals from around North America. BizEase excels at providing speakers and business coaches worldwide with seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up shopping carts and editing video, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the BizEase team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best! Click here to get our weekly tips ezine delivered to your inbox every other Friday, with tips on plugins, apps, and tools to make you more productive today!