22 comments

  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 3 years ago

    great for making direct and simple website copy.

    i wouldn't necessarily use this for blog posts and the like. really takes style and enjoyment out of the text.

    5 points
    • Nicola RushtonNicola Rushton, over 3 years ago

      Totally. It's prefect for being clear, concise and to-the-point, which is great for website copy. But I necessarily wouldn't want to write like that all the time.

      0 points
  • Thibault MichelThibault Michel, over 3 years ago

    What a great way to get feedback on my blog posts and improve my writing. A desktop app would be nice though.

    4 points
    • Zach ReedZach Reed, over 3 years ago

      On the top left here is a button titled "Desktop Version", if you click that it looks like they are trying to gauge the demand. That will probably help give them motivation to complete it.

      2 points
  • Matt Smadner, over 3 years ago

    thank you sweet baby internet jesus.

    4 points
  • Jonathan CourtneyJonathan Courtney, over 3 years ago

    Frame it as a web copywriting app = Sold!

    3 points
  • Shrihari SankaranShrihari Sankaran, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

    Such a nice app. Love it :)

    One suggestion is the the "Grade" is slightly ambiguous. Generally negative is on the left side and positive is on the right side. And when I get a "Grade 4", it says good. I immediately think that if I had a "Grade 8" it might say "Very Good", which is not the case. A bit of user testing could really help shape this part.

    P.S: All of my recent short stories scored "Grade 4". I'm happy :-)

    3 points
  • KQ DregerKQ Dreger, over 3 years ago

    I personally enjoy the style of writing this app enforces. However, as new syntax- and grammar-focused tools start to appear, it is important to remember that there are no true hard rules of grammar. You can break any of these "rules" you want, just be sure to do so with purpose :)

    3 points
  • Charlie PrattCharlie Pratt, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

    The rules have arrived.

    1. USE SHORT SENTENCES

    Short sentences are easier to digest. They make it easier to follow each point of an argument or story.

    Your job as a writer — or editor — is to make life easy for your audience. Forcing the reader to navigate through a bunch of long, complex sentences is like forcing him/her to hack through the jungle with a machete. Create a nice, tidy path with plenty of short sentences.

    2. USE SHORT FIRST PARAGRAPHS

    See opening of this post.

    3. USE VIGOROUS ENGLISH

    Copywriter David Garfinkel describes it like this:

    “It’s muscular, forceful (writing). Vigorous English comes from passion, focus and intention.”

    This rule is really a reminder to do your homework and fully understand what you are writing about. It is impossible to write with “passion, focus and intention” without having a real grasp of the subject.

    In most cases, if you’ve done your homework, you will write with authority and vigor.

    4. BE POSITIVE, NOT NEGATIVE

    Basically, “be positive” means you should say what something is rather than what it isn’t.

    • Instead of saying something is “inexpensive,” say it is “affordable.”
    • Instead of describing something as “unclear,” say it is “confusing.”

    This might seem like a small point, but it’s actually quite important. Being “positive” makes your writing more direct. Whether they realize it or not, readers are turned off by “roundabout writing.”

    So, there you have it: eminently practical writing tips from one of the masters — or more accurately, from the Kansas City Star.

    2 points
  • Christian BundyChristian Bundy, over 3 years ago

    Open source?

    1 point
  • Jessica PaoliJessica Paoli, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

    This is what I would pay for iA Writer Pro to do.

    1 point
  • Charlie PrattCharlie Pratt, over 3 years ago

    This is a neat tool for any writer. I considered blasting it for being a robotic tool to keep writers in-bounds, but the truth is there's nothing wrong with writing by the rules. In fact, unless you're actually Hemingway, you should stick to the fundamentals. Nice work.

    1 point
    • Rich CRich C, over 3 years ago

      Hemingway was notorious for sticking to the rules. That's probably the intention.

      5 points
    • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 3 years ago

      I don't mind breaking rules per se, as long as it's done with intent. Too often rules are broken because they are unknown, which is a bigger issue.

      ...

      Okay, now I can't type anymore without thinking "I wonder if that app would color this red" ....

      1 point
  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 3 years ago

    I need this for coding, checking if lines, functions and objects are getting too complex :]

    1 point
    • David LarsenDavid Larsen, over 3 years ago

      Such things exist.

      But I personally haven't found them to be all that useful for frequent use. It's the sort of thing where I might want to compare my code composition today to a project from a year ago.

      0 points
  • Kelly SuttonKelly Sutton, over 3 years ago

    Pleasantly surprised.

    1 point
    • Daniel FeldtDaniel Feldt, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

      Pleasantly surprised.

      "Pleasantly" is an adverb. Adverbs weaken your verbs. Replace with a more descriptive verb. For example, change "He walked slowly" to "He tip-toed".

      23 points
  • Petr VlkPetr Vlk, over 3 years ago

    IMO this is exactly what great tools should do nowadays.

    We're (hopefully) past the era of software that just enables you to achieve something - now it's time for solutions that helps you achieve better results.

    1 point
  • Derrick SchippertDerrick Schippert, over 3 years ago

    Brilliant.

    0 points
  • Nicola RushtonNicola Rushton, over 3 years ago

    Fantastic 'empty-state' design too. It introduces you to the functionality and draws you into playing with it simultaneously, and getting the sentences to go clear feels really satisfying. A+ job.

    Did anyone else notice the little 'shiver' if you try to scroll up though? I'm usually a fan of little details like that, but in this case I kind of hate it... bad vibes

    0 points
  • Rich CRich C, over 3 years ago

    If only such an app were to exist for typography and visual design. And yet I can already imagine the uproar from amateurs. Some day.

    0 points