Earnest and Hemmingway (Productively Writing Online) 4 Comments

Earnest and Hemmingway (Productively Writing Online)

The internet is one of the biggest double-edged swords of my productivity. Without it, I wouldn’t know what to do/write. Without it I might also actually write. I’ve previously discussed avoiding it, but if you’re one of those people who can make it work for you, or know how to use in moderation, then these links might suit you well.



Described as ‘a minimalist, browser-based writing tool’, Earnest is for just getting the damn words down on the page. And it is certainly good at doing that. The layout avoids pretty much every other distraction (though you’re still online, so maybe log out of Facebook for a while). Ernest is free writing free of judgement.

Some of the best* features of Ernest

–          Very minimalist, in an exact opposite way to Word.

–          No distractions from things like spellcheck or grammarcheck.

–          No delete key. You have to just keep writing. Edit later.

–          Automatically saves you writing locally every 10 seconds

–          (and my favourite) Has a word count, but that only updates every minute so you don’t distract yourself.

*potentially also annoying


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Hemmingway is as much a scrupulous badass as the man himself. It is also the opposite to Earnest, so I’d suggest getting your words down in him first before bringing in Hemmingway to get the job polished up.

Through using a series of different highlighters, Hemmingway shows typical mistakes such as passive voice and verbose words, as well as complex and dense sentences.

It also gives a readability score, and a count of your paragraphs/sentences/etc if you’re into that kinda thing.


If you’re the sort of person who needs added incentives, then you might have more fun with cats than with Ernest. Just make sure your writing has more awe than awww.

Rafael’s (24) purpose is to give people glorious stories to tell. Some have appeared in dotdotdash, Going Down Swinging and The Big Issue Fiction Edition. He also competes in poetry slams and giant-sized chess games. Graduated from RMIT’s creative writing program in 2012, he often wonders what he’ll do with the rest of his life, but the answer’s always the same. Writing and falling in love.

  • http://Website cre8iveovadose

    Oh my gosh, the Hemingway app is the best thing I’ve ever seen. It highlights everything that I have trouble with! Crying tears of happiness at this marvellous discovery!

    • http://Website R

      Haha, I’m glad to hear that! Yet again Hemmingway makes someone cry. Feel free to share this if you think others will benefit, but of course keep in mind that all these assessments are purely mechanical, and writers break them all the time too :)

      • http://Website R

        (The above gets a readability score of 8….)

  • Solomon J Faust

    I must confess I’m not a fan of the Hemmingway app. Dumped some of my favourite author Will Self into it and the damned contraption hated him. Simple writing and good writing are not synonymous.

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