English students, want to become a better writer? There’s an app for that..By Editor
Are you an aspiring novelist, but have a penchant for penning flowery waffle? Have you written the next Of Mice and Men, but you can’t keep your sentences short and sweet? Are you one of those people who will superfluously use a long word when a short one is fine?
Well, you’ve just hit the jackpot as the new Hemingway app is here to solve your literary woes.
The new app, which is available as a smart phone or desktop application, performs functions such as highlighting adverbs so they can changed for “verbs with force”, as well as making one aware when they have used a passive voice so the phrasing can be altered for more animated active option.
The app subscribes to the ethos of Hemingway’s ‘iceberg style’, whereby the writer kept his prose unembellished and simple. It is believed he did this so that it allowed an audience to conjure their own imagination.
You can test out it out here, and will be a godsend to any soon-to-be literature-based freshers looking to dispose of any pretentious style that they are currently clinging to.
Perhaps this is the right way to approach prose now in the current climate of 140 character sum-ups.
But what do you undergrads think? Was Hemingway’s method the best in the modern canon? Or was Hemingway just a womanising drunk and fancy elaborate prose is more your thing?