For Sale: Hemingway App, Doesn’t Work.

February 15, 2014 | 2

A new Hemingway App promises to trim the fat from your writing in a way that the Great Bearded One would’ve approved. The app uses various color codes to highlight writing written in the passive voice, writing that’s too hard to read, and also unnecessary adverbs or complex phrases. Sounds interesting enough, no? Well, the problem is that someone ran the Hemingway App on some actual Ernest Hemingway writing, and it turns out that Papa himself didn’t even write to the app’s standard.

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  1. Hemingway broke most literary traditions and became as it were the new world erudition replacing the lyrical and classical style of Proust, Waugh etc. His masculine facade reflected perhaps the pioneer spirit of America the culmination of which was the rescue of old Europe from fascism – any writer artist etc, will tell you to study the masters by all means but only in order to find your unique and personal voice.

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