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Some lists are more fun to write than others. This was a fun one. I’m going to assume, since you’re here, you know about The Hemingway Editor. It’s that fancy online editor you drop your copy into, and it tells you how to make it better. Bye bye passive sentences. So long academic words. Adios run-on sentences. I use it for client work and you should too. Though, I will add, nothing beats a good human editor. And if you’re ever in the need for one, I’ve got a very grumpy grammarian I can refer you to. In the meantime, here are 100 headlines about The Hemingway Editor.

1 Get to your final draft—faster
2 The on-line editor your readers want you to use (also, your high school English teacher)
3 Write tighter than your jeans from high school
4 See your words without their weakness
5 Instant grammar and style reviews, so you can cut the garbage
6 It’s almost unfair to good writers…
7 Who else wants clearer copy?
8 You’re smart. But is your writing?
9 Catch your grammar & spelling mistakes, and avoid a pubic relations nightmare.
10 There are 171,476 words in the English language. We’ll tell you which ones not to use.
11 The difference between clear writing and concise writing is Hemingway
12 Clarify your writing
13 How to write better (even if you don’t know what that entails)
14 This is how Ernest would have written, if it weren’t for all the booze
15 Improve your writing in 2 steps: 1) copy 2) paste
16 It’s annoying when your friends correct your grammar. But it’s helpful when we do it.
17 Twitter rules don’t apply in the real world. Here’s everything you forgot about grammar.
18 Some people think big words make them look smart. We prove the contrary
19 Grammar & spelling errors can be foreseen across the internet—and prevented
20 Clear writing is easy to read. Now it’s easier to create.
21 Everyone’s got a keyboard. But only a few know how to work magic with it.
22 We help you write at a 6th grade reading level— just like the pros
23 Polish your writing to be more powerful
24 Show us any paper, book, blog or article—and we’ll show you how to make it more readable
25 Write for yourself. Edit for others.
26 There are 171,476 words in the English language. We make sure you use them correctly.
27 Before you publish, it’s best to double-check
28 Learn to write right
29 90-proof reading
30 Write clear, easier
31 Grammar tools for any writing
32 A new grammar app for writers seeking clearer copy
33 Distraction-free writing. Error-free proofing.
34 All you do is write—then we’ll show you how to make it cleaner
35 I’d like to give this to every writer… before they hit publish
36 All you need to do is write. We’ll make it better.
37 Learn the right way to write
38 Think your writing is smart? Maybe it’s too smart.
39 You get your message down. We’ll worry about the editing.
40 You write at night, when your editor is asleep. But we’re not.
41 We catch the writing mistakes Word doesn’t
42 Distraction-free writing for better outcomes
43 Think you write clean? Let’s find out.
44 We’re like your designated driver for editing, during times you write drunk
45 Learn to write like Ernest, only without all the drinking.
46 Write like you mean in. Edit like they read it.
47 The simplest way to keep your writing earnest
48 Would you believe I’m terrible at typing?
49 You may not know what a passive voice is… But we make sure you don’t use it before you publish
50 Lessons and algorithms from the great, applied to your proofing
51 For anyone who doesn’t know what an adverb is, but is pretty sure they don’t want any in their writing
52 Helping bad writers become good, and good writers get great
53 Good writing isn’t poetry. It’s clear.
54 Write drunk, edit sober. Or use us and edit drunk too.
55 If your best friend corrected your grammar the way we do, you’d hate him. But with us, it’s OK
56 Trim your writing for better reading
57 Never make simple grammar mistakes again
58 Even Ernest would’ve been a better writer if he had us
59 You just lost your excuse for sloppy writing
60 We actively judge your grammar—and you’ll thank us for it.
61 The editing tool for better, clearer, bolder writing
62 Out of 171,476 words in the English language, are you sure you’re using them all correctly?
63 We only suggest and highlight text to improve. What you do after is up to you.
64 Write your message, then let Hemingway take over.
65 How to tighten your text so there’s no room for improvement
66 Like Ernest is looking over your shoulder. Only without the whiskey breath.
67 Impartial grammar reviews that make you look good
68 You can still write poorly. But now your audience will never know.
69 There’s a fine line between editing & being a grammar troll. We found it.
70 Cut the fancy stuff. Here’s how to write the way people want.
71 Just because your idea is complex, doesn’t mean your sentence should be
72 Edit. Because grammar trolls are not known for kindness.
73 Who else wants to sound better on paper?
74 Are you sure you caught the unobvious writing errors?
75 When it comes to editing, you’re entitled to our opinion
76 You focus on your writing. We’ll focus on your problem areas.
77 Add power to your words by eliminating the bland
78 Are you using twice as many words as necessary?
79 Slice through clutter and find out if you really need that oxford comma
80 Where writing becomes clearer
81 Regardless of how you think it should read, we tell you how to write it
82 To the very good writer who would like be great
83 Not everyone is a good writer. But we can all be better.
84 Although our editing algorithms are highly sophisticated and straight from the future, we promise not to take over the world with well-speaking robots
85 Where you become a better writer (for your audience’s sake)
86 You can pay an editor hundreds of dollars to review your work. Or you could use our free software.
87 Which writer used Hemingway? And witch used spellcheck?
88 If Hemingway wrote with this, he’d be even more legendary
89 Write beautifully
90 Write the way your audience wants you to—with the Hemingway App
91 Earnest reviews of your spelling and grammar
92 What would happen to your writing if it suddenly became bolder?
93 Had you known what passive sentences looked like, they would not have been written this way by you.
94 The “thank dog you caught that!” editing tool
95 Get a copy critique without showing your work to anyone
96 Highlight your grammar mistakes before someone else does
97 Content review from a robotic grammar troll
98 Write without the grammar, tense & spelling mistakes
99 Worried spell check didn’t catch everything? That’s a rational fear. 
100 Everyone needs a good editor on their side. And here it is.

Overall: Guys, I think I nailed this one. Maybe Ernie would be proud. It’ll be up there on my favorites list. I had fun with it and there were so many themes to explore. This list only scratched the surface. Maybe I’ll dig a little deeper when I get the chance, just for funsies.

Lessons: Nothing beats pulling from personal experience. I could whip up lists about writing tools all day.

  • I started to go down the rabbit hole of Hemingway and his drinking, but pulled out because that’s not for everyone.
  • Can’t help but feel there’s a good “100 proof/proof reading” pun in there
  • Most of these came straight from my brain but I did refer to the Direct Response lines a few times. I’m starting to strike a more even balance between my tone & the lines
  • There weren’t many reviews for the editor, but I did find 2 articles to use for inspiration

Time: 1:20. A tiny bit longer than average, but worth the extra effort

So, what’s your favorite? Short & sweet how ol’ Ernie liked? Or was it one with  more personality? That’s what comment sections are made for, silly.