Let Hemingway Proofread Your Documents

Don't have the luxury of having someone proofread what you write?  Try Hemingway, a free tool that helps clarify your writing by analyzing the text for the number of ...

  • sentences that are hard to read
  • sentences that are very hard to read
  • adverbs (aim for 2 or fewer)
  • words or phrases than can be simpler
  • uses of passive voice (aim for 2 or fewer)

... and totals these up to assign a grade level and overall readability score.

Just go to Hemingway, and

  1. Click the blue Edit button
  2. Click in the center of the page where the existing text ("Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.") is, and press Ctrl + A to mark it for deletion.
  3. Press Ctrl + X to delete the existing text, and you'll see "Enter text..."
  4. Go to your document and press Ctrl + C to copy everything you want Hemingway to check
  5. Press Ctrl + V to paste the text right onto the web page.

Then based on Hemingway's feedback, edit, edit, edit until your message gets easier to read.

“I have never thought of myself as a good writer. But I’m one of the world’s great rewriters.”
     ~ James A. Michener

You might also like Copyblogger's Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips for Writing Well.

P.S. Back in 2009 I wrote about a similar tool called Bullfighter that pointed out jargon in Word and PowerPoint documents, but that free tool seems to have disappeared since then.

Hat tip to
Hemingway Helps You Analyze Your Writing at Free Technology for Teachers
• BrainyQuote for the Michener quote