Writers always need help with editing, so this is pretty damn cool: Two of my favorite tools are now working together for free. The Hemingway App has always been free, and Grammarly has a free version. But now, with the Grammarly Chrome extension, not only can you use both of them, you can use both of them together. It’s not the same as having a human editor, but if you are trying to figure out how to write a book, this combination can be a big help. Let me explain…
I’ve long been fond of the HemingwayApp because it is a simple, free, very easy to use tool to help you spot and address long, complex, convoluted and adverb-heavy prose. Such sentences can wreck havoc with your creative writing.
Grammarly checks your grammar. They claim it is the best there is at doing such things. I’ve always been a bit skeptical, but it does catch a lot of issues. It is not flawless, though, so when you use it be attentive to what it calls out. Sometimes it is wrong.
But be that as it is, these two writing apps now work together in powerful, simple ways that can help any aspiring writer, and do so for free. Let me show you.
In the screenshot below you can see that I have gone to the HemingwayApp site and that I have already loaded the free Grammarly Chrome Extension from the Chrome store. I then typed in a sentence with a couple issues. You can see that Grammarly is already working; it is reporting in the red circle that it has spotted two issues.
When I click on the red circle, look at what comes up (see below): a new Grammarly screen on top of the Hemingway screen (which you can still see in the background).
I’m going to accept the two corrections Grammarly proposes (in green to the right) simply by clicking on the green text. Doing that approves the proposed change. Once I do that, it looks like below. The sentence is now grammatically correct. And also look in the upper left-hand corner to see a button that offers me the opportunity to return to the HemingwayApp.
When I click on that button…wow…what is loaded in the HemingwayApp now incorporates the changes that Grammarly recommended and I approved without me having to do any work to copy and past or otherwise transfer the (hopefully) grammatically correct copy to the HemingwayApp.
From here I can go to work on the things that the HemingwayApp is good at flagging and Grammarly is not. In my one-sentence example Hemingway did not flag anything, but in a longer entry, it would.
Very nice! Simple, free, easy. And powerful. For any writer in need of such support (I always am!), this is a new way to help you improve your writing. No matter which creative writing prompt you start or what level your creative writing skills are at, you will need to polish your prose.
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And this combination of Hemingway App and Grammarly is not just for writing fiction or writing a nonfiction book. If you are writing college papers or even a high school student writing a paper, together the Hemingway Editor and the Grammarly Chrome extension are powerful tools.
Good luck with it, and pass it on to another writer! Though they were not working together when I wrote my Amazon bestselling novel, I did use them both, and now I’m using them together as I work on my next novel.
PS: I don’t have an affiliate or any other relationship with either company. I just think this is cool and wanted to pass it on.