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http://www.prowritingaid.com/index.htm

Paste in your text, and it will evaluate your writing!

According to it, I apparently kinda suck, and use too many adverbs ending in -ly.

Date: 2012-02-26 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamer-easy.livejournal.com
The first chapter of "A Study in Scarlet" is a disaster area!

Overused Words Report 6 issues Overused words (6)

Cliches & Redundancies Report 4 issues Cliches (3) Redundancies (1)

Sentence Length Variation 16 issues Long sentences (16) Avg Sentence Length (11.5)

Diction Report 16 issues Diction (16)

Vague & Abstract Words Report 34 issues Vague & Abstract Words (34)

Complex Words Report 122 issues 7 syllable complex words (1) 6 syllable complex words (8) 5 syllable complex words (22) 4 syllable complex words (91)

Sticky Sentences Report 57 issues Sticky Sentences (57)

Date: 2012-02-26 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] outsdr.livejournal.com
I had a lot of "sticky sentences", too. I don't even know what they are!

Wikipedia is not a help, either.

Date: 2012-02-26 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamer-easy.livejournal.com
You can click the list of sins at left to discover the details. (Which is how I know the seven-syllable word was "commiseratingly". :)

Date: 2012-02-26 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] outsdr.livejournal.com
And damn you for using those complex words! Damn you to multi-syllabic hell!

Date: 2012-04-22 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asia-sky.livejournal.com
WTH? It told me NOT to use words with more than 4 syllables? I had a handful at 4 and a few at 5 and this is a Bad thing?
Not sure this is a good evaluation of "professional" writing. I used an example from my report on a book in a literature class.
It says I'm inconsistant because sometimes I capitalized words and not at other times.... um when the sentence starts with "If" then "if" is capitalized, otherwise it isn't. Same for the other 3 words it pointed out. I give this site a thumbs down.

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