Improve Your Writing with the Hemingway Editor

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  3. The Problem with Focus
  4. Give Thanks
  5. Be Thankful for the People Who Inspire You
  6. Give Yourself Space
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  16. A Happiness Podcast?
  17. Podcast Compensation
  18. Wishlists Done Right
  19. Enable Free Shipping on a Per Product Basis
  20. Improve Your Writing with the Hemingway Editor
  21. Tell Users What You're Doing
  22. 2014 Business Review
  23. Mind Your Own Business
  24. Think Different to 10x Your Business
  25. Let Projects Die
  26. Maximize Your Creative Energy
  27. Use Git Bisect to Find Bugs in Your Codebase
  28. My Personal Value of Remote Work
  29. Don't Spam Email Receipts
  30. Make Your Own Luck
  31. Cold Showers and the Power of Challenges

Today I'm doing something a bit different. I'm writing this post in actual WordPress editor. Why is that different? Because earlier this month I switched to the Hemingway editor to help me improve my writing. I write in Hemingway, Hemingway lists suggestions, I make a few changes and then copy it into WordPress. It's an extra step but the suggestions are so useful and I've already learned how I tend to write and the types of things I have to watch out for.

Be Concise

The first thing that I noticed about my writing is that I use a lot adverbs. And while adverbs are good for story telling they can also be filler words that don't add value. You don't need to use very good, really good, or amazingly good you can use just good. And if something is truly amazingly good then just call it amazing.

Why Not Write In Hemingway?

The reason I'm not writing in Hemingway today is because I'm trying to write this whole post without thinking about the app. I want to show you what my writing normally looks like. Then I want to show you what the blog post will look like with the changes. The differences are subtle. A word here. A word there. But when you're reading everything feels like it belongs. There aren't any rough edges. Your eyes can flow from one word to the next.

I may not be the next Shakespeare but I can spend a few minutes getting rid of the debris.

Hemingway Edit

The Hemingway Editor pointing out a hard to read sentence in this post.

Care About Your Writing

One of the most important skills you can learn is how to write. It's not about writing it's about clearly communicating ideas. It doesn't matter what job you have you need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively. I've learned a lot of skills over the past few years and many of them won't last more than five years. Spend some time and learn how to speak to people. You can take it with you to any job, any position, doing just about anything.

Happy writing!

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3 thoughts on “Improve Your Writing with the Hemingway Editor

  1. Wow, I can’t believe I never heard of this editor before. This is really great. I have a tendency to make overly complicated sentences in English, this should definitely help me 🙂

    Thanks a lot Patrick

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