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How To Write with Clarity, Confidence, and Without Fear

Want your reader to understand your message? Your writing must be clear. Concise. Focused. Readable.

The Hemingway App is a free tool that analyzes your prose. It tracks the use of adverbs, passive voice, and readability. Letting you know when a phrase is complex. A simpler alternative exists. You make changes and have confidence that your thoughts and ideas are understandable. Go check it out – HemingwayApp.com

It’s awesome. I wrote this article with it. Soon you’ll find the words you type fall in line with the rules of the app. Less time needed for editing. Your brain pre-edits before words hit the page. Active voice destroys the passive voice. Adverbs banished. Never to see the page again.

Are adverbs the enemy? Come on, they aren’t all that bad. Are they?

Thought you might say that. Don’t take my word for it. Let’s consult with the King…

The adverb is not your friend.

Adverbs … are words that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. They’re the ones that usually end in -ly. Adverbs, like the passive voice, seem to have been created with the timid writer in mind. … With adverbs, the writer usually tells us he or she is afraid he/she isn’t expressing himself/herself clearly, that he or she is not getting the point or the picture across. – Stephen King

This comes from a great article by Maria Papova of Brain Pickings.com.

Stephen King goes on to say…

I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.

I add this to make the point that a tool such as the Hemingway App isn’t a “Silver Bullet”. (I couldn’t resist. Not that it’s Kings best work, but werewolves are my favorite monster of all.) Writing requires action. Ass in seat. Banging and bleeding your heart out on the keyboard.

We need to make sure that all that hard work makes sense to the reader.

Otherwise we’re sending out a signal that sounds like nothing more that noise.