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.Could a 6th grader understand your content?Click To Tweet
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.