I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”– Ernest Hemingway
But the truth is – we’re not Mozart. We have a lot of extra notes that can be excised. Especially for those of us writing for the Internet. Extra words can drive people away from your writing, and therefore, your website.
Thankfully, there’s a simple and free online tool you can use to help you figure this out. (And I make no money off this – I just find it a useful app, so I like to share it with my writers and students, particularly when I see them fall victim to repeated words and excessive adverbs.)
For analysis of where your writing might be too complicated and what words you can likely cut, cut and paste your writing into the Hemingway App. I used it the other day on an article and it became apparent right away that certain words were both repeated and unnecessary.
There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”– Ernest Hemingway