Author secret sauce … Use the Hemingway app by Judith Briles

The Hemingway App can easily pop into an author’s best friend tool kit. It’s the one many editors use (along with Grammarly) to fine-tune writing. And best of all, it’s free.

I love it because it gives you a “readability index” –meaning what grade level your verbiage is at. Sad to say … but the clearer your writing is perceived as, the lower the grade level you use—suggest you stay at the 6th-grade level. Sigh.

Once you open the app, you can write or paste in your copy. Click on EDIT and watch the color-coded phrases that pop up and suggestions on how to fix. Go ahead and delete the instructions you see on the homepage by highlighting them.

Last time I checked, the Yellow highlights long, complex sentences and common errors. Red identifies dense, complicated sentences.

Blue shows you adverbs that you can remove and replace with more forceful verbs. Purple points out smarty-pants words that will drive your readers to the dictionary (don’t do this) and should be replaced with simple words. Green flags you when your text is in the passive voice.

You will be surprised by what pops up.

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Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and author of 37 multi-award books. She’s guided over 1,000 authors in creating their books, earned in excess of $3,000,000 in speaking fees based on her books and gathered over $2,000,000 in onsite book sales at her speaking gigs. Her book, How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech flips a difficult topic into a simple and easily comprehensible plan. If you want to get into speaking, this is the guide that will be the game-changer to success. And, if you want to know more about Judith’s life, her book of “hope” is When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present. You can get it HERE

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