A while ago a friend pointed me towards the Hemingway Editor, an online tool designed to help you produce more readable text. I ended up putting some of my older posts into it to see what it thought of them, and the result was a solid “You write difficult to read <i.e. long> sentences”. Whilst the actual merit of the tool is debatable (and we did debate them at great length) it did make me consider the length of sentences and how varying them can affect the flow of a piece.
This prompt was suggested by my friend Rob. I used it to play with shorter sentences (scoring a 3 on Hemingway, as opposed to my normal 8-12 range), finding that what felt to me like I was being too concise whilst writing actually seems to read ok. Let me know what you think, dear readers, I’m genuinely interested.