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I owe Ed Kmett for this. It’s very useful.

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    This looks really great. I love software that makes us better and actually helps in our jobs, rather than getting in our. I see there’s a desktop version ($20) for MacOS and Windows. I’m seriously considering buying it, but I would love it even more if there was some way to integrate it with Emacs or Vim.

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      Another great service that helps is Grammarly, it helps me a lot during my writing.

      https://www.grammarly.com/

      If you feel like using it, this is a referral link: http://gram.ly/x6MF

      It will send you a weekly email with an interesting report about your writings.

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        I am not the best communicator with english text, and when I’ve used macs in the past Hemingway has really helped me to be more clear. Now that I’m on linux, readers of my writing suffer x_x

        Maybe I should use WINE…

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        I have been using this to write for a few months now. I absolutely love this app. I’m not a writer by nature and tend to be a little verbose. This mitigates that and helps me get writing done better.

        Yes, I paid for it and I’m very happy I did!

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          on a semi related note, ghostwriter has hemingway mode which disables the backspace key :-D

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            Would be nice to be able to hack on the source and send patches. Does anyone know how it works? Do they do heuristics on the syntax tree? train models with a ton of data? something else?

            One thing I would add to this is the rules from Strunk & White, for example hilighting instances of “the fact that” and maybe even suggesting ways to revise it out.

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              I’m writing up technical documentation for the HIDIOT at the moment. I’m currently doing a piece on decoding the Titanic’s Morse code and trying to bring the reading level down to school age. Seems like a good road test. I’ll give it a go today, and report back on my experience later.

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                Ok, so I completed a tutorial post with Hemingway and one without. By all means have a look and compare the two, but I’ll just summarise my experience here.

                The app is the website in app form. I think it’s an electron app. My MBP doesn’t like it when running off battery, but that’s the same for every Electron app. As for the writing, I had two colleagues review the two articles. Their thoughts:

                • The one using Hemingway had shorter sentences. My colleague read through it more quickly.
                • The one not using Hemingway was perfectly fine from their perspective, but the Hemingway one may be more suitable for younger readers (which is the target).

                Overall it doesn’t appear to have made a huge difference in the eyes of the colleagues I asked, but it is noticeable.

                I’ll keep at it for the documentation, but I’m not sure I’ll use it afterwards. I can’t help but feel there should be a vim plugin for this sort of thing.

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                I’d love a tool like this to learn from and analyze how I normally write over time, and begin to tell me when I’ve over-simplified something or been more complex than usual.

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                  Something like this may work well for checking man pages and technical documentation.