The year 2016 gave us our first feature film written by Artificial Intelligence, and it was…ridiculous.
While AI clearly isn’t ready to join writers behind the big screen or on the library shelf, the bots are capable of extracting insight from pre-written content. In fact, you can learn a lot about your writing by subjecting it to computer analysis.
Each of these six bots has something to say about your writing. And the best part? They’re all free and easy to use!
ADVERBless. Stephen King told us that “the road to hell is paved with adverbs,” so in the interest of saving your soul, you might want to check out this site. ADVERBless identifies and highlights all the adverbs in your writing. Exterminate at your discretion.
I Write Like. This is a fun site that panders to the secret desire of all writers: please, please, please compare me to my idol! While I Write Like is guaranteed to give you a breathless moment, as you wait for the bots to confirm that you are [insert genius author] reincarnate, the accuracy of this site is questionable. It is sponsored by Amazon, and as soon as you get your result, you are prompted to buy books from that author.
SEO Book. If you’re one of those mighty bloggers who understands how to use keyword density, you’ll probably appreciate this tool. The site analyzes your writing, identifies your top keywords and key phrases, and ranks them by percentage value. As a freelance writer, I rely heavily on tools like this to make sure the content I deliver to my clients meets their expectations.
Readability Calculator. I discovered this tool today in a post by the ever-clever Kristen Twardowski. The site analyzes your vocabulary and returns a “readability” score, based on the scales commonly used by the education system to divide books across grade levels. Of course, these scores must be taken with a grain of salt, since they only take vocabulary into account and fail to analyze content.
Tone Analyzer. Okay. Here it is. The Mac Daddy. The King of the Hill. The Crowning Star. This site is designed to analyze the tone of your writing and predict the emotion you are most likely to provoke in your readers.
Creepily, this tool is designed to help CEOs and salespeople manipulate their underlings …but it is also great fun for fiction writers.
Hemingway App. Have you ever wished Ernest Hemingway could edit your novel? Now he can! This site channels Hemingway’s aesthetics by highlighting complex or dense sentences, showy words, all adverbs, and passive voice. Plus it’s color coded! It’s a good thing this app came along after Hemingway, who instructed would-be writers to, “Write drunk. Edit sober.” If he had access to the Hemigway App, he might have never sobered up!
Did you pause to try any of these tools out? How did they work for you? Who do you write like? What’s your take on adjectives?