This post is about how to write better, and an app that helps you make your writing alive, and readable.
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Writing, of all the things, is about consistency. You have to be regular in your writing. Write and write and write. Read any book on writing, and you’ll find this is the fundamental thing to writing. I shared a post on this – How to write better in 10 easy steps, which you may read if you are looking for some motivation to be consistent.
But once you have become consistent, and have found a way to express in your own style, you need to focus on two things.
First Grammar. Because nothing puts your reader off as anything as a badly placed article, or an incorrectly used tense. Once I wrote a small scene about lost love between a couple –We became strangers. I got a comment from a very successful blogger, that he loved the script, but the post was marred by grammatical errors, and it has reduced the impact of the scene. I’ve tried to improve on this aspect, though I have found that when I’m writing, focussing too much on grammar can ruin the flow of my thoughts. Luckily, I found this nifty tool called grammarly which I discussed in this first post of Writing 101 series. With just a copy and paste, I’m able to find out and resolve basic grammatical errors.
Once you have made progress on your consistency and grammar, then you should focus on the structure of your sentences, try to find out how easy it is for the reader to read and absorb your content. Use too hard words, he’ll lose interest. Use long neverending lines, he’ll quickly switch over to the next blogger. You need to write in as easy and accessible way as possible. There is a test for this, to gauge how readable your content is. It tells you what grade level (USA based) student can read your content. The lower the grade, more readable is your writing.
J.K Rowling books score fifth-sixth standard grade readability. And we all know how accessible and good her prose is.
It is difficult to measure yourself in this on your own. Most of us are passed that stage of schooling where we could find an English teacher who could help us to do that. Also, not many of us would be having a friend or a mentor who can help us in this aspect. But the closest I have found something for this is the app called –hemingwayapp. Its desktop version is free and it does the following.
- Complex words or phrases
- Extra-long sentences
- Long sentences
- Too many adverbs
- Too many instances of passive voice
All this are the things that take the juice out of your writing, make your content dead. Makes them devoid of feelings, and turns your reader away. So try this app giving it a shot. I used it after I started writing, to see what is the structure of my writing. And it helped me in making my sentences concise and to the point.
Note:- the desktop version doesn’t save copy of your writing, so you should only use it for practice or regularly keep saving your content it in a local app.
PS:- Both these tools I don’t use as a writing tool, but as a way to improve my writing. So any pointers they give I try to imbibe them in my writing so that I become less and less reliant on external aids.
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