Fancy getting a better creative writing education for $20 than you would if you went to college for three years?
And no, I’m not getting.
I’ve reviewed a ton of things on this site – all of it stuff I either use or have used.
But the best way to make money as a self-published writer is to become a better writer.
You can’t sell a duff book, in the end.
The Hemingway App is the BEST way to get better for hardly any money.
Indeed, if I could recommend just two of the things I’ve reviewed on the site, it would be this and Nick Stephenson’s 10,000 Reader’s Course.
What is it?
Hemingway’s an app that’ll kick your ass if your writing isn’t good enough.
OK, not literally, but it’ll seriously take your shoddy prose and make it better.
See, the number one problem that ALL inexperienced writers make is this:
Their sentences are too long, too hard to read and too full of flowery language.
EVERY new writer does this.
Now, it took me six years and a million words of writing a year to kick the habit, but the good news for you is that Hemingway will help you kick the habit in a couple of months.
(As long as you use it, obviously.)
Here’s how it works:
- You take your prose and past it into the app.
- The app highlights (in different colours) what’s wrong with the prose.
- You edit the coloured sections until they aren’t coloured anymore.
- Your writing is better.
And that’s it.
Jesus Christ, I have to do that every time I write something?
See, that’s the real beauty of Hemingway. Once you’ve used the software for a month or two, you start internalising the techniques.
You’ll naturally write in a cleaner style that’s far easier to read.
I’ve referenced a buddy of mine who I recommended Hemingway to.
(I say recommended – I pretty much ordered him to get it.)
He had a MAJOR problem with over-writing. He’s got imagination, he comes up with great ideas.
He had all the things that most people who try to write don’t have.
But GOD, his stuff was hard to read. It exhausted me to read even a chapter of his stuff.
So, after I got simply too exhausted with reading one of his works, he downloaded Hemingway and started using it on a new project, which he sent me a couple of weeks later.
The difference was NUTS. Like, crazy. It was like reading a different writer. His stuff was as imaginative and interesting as ever, but it was now effortless to read.
How does the Hemingway App do this?
It looks at several main style ‘errors’ which slow any text down:
- Adverbs. As Stephen King said, the road to hell is paved with adverbs.
- Passive Voice. Passive writing is tiring to read.
- Over-complicated words. If there’s a shorter option, Hemingway will spot it.
- Sentence complexity. How complicated are your sentences?
And that’s more or less it.
That’s not a lot. How can that make a difference?
It does. This app works because it look at the most common errors writers make.
Hemingway transformed my buddy’s writing.
It can do the same for you, and at my last check, it costs about $19. Less than a pizza.