Smart + Savvy tech in 31 days #17: Hemingway app

Do you remember that little paper clip icon in Microsoft Word?

Annoying little fucker; jumping in to write a letter for you, telling you something was spelt wrong and sticking his goddamn oar in left right and centre.

Whatever happened to him?

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Anyway. Times move on.

Word processing evolves (and I think they also stopped calling it “word processing” when Kylie’s hair went straight and 1k of RAM stopped being plugged in as a gargantuan brick).

Yes, I am that old that I own a ZX Spectrum ’81.

So, without our paper clip friend, we have a few options available as far as free resources go.

Google Docs is a mainstay in my biz for sharing, research, and collaborating with Team Diva.

But there is a new kid on the block, y’all. Enter… Hemingway.

I am writing this right now in Hemingway app.

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It kindly lets you know when your words are getting hard to read, where and how you can simplify your ramblings, and does so in a very friendly, colourful manner.

Much more polite than that frickin’ paperclip I can assure you.

Check your word count, your use of adverbs, and streamline your content with a refreshingly large font size to boot.

Have you checked out Hemingway yet?

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