In most versions of Microsoft Word, you can select a passage or a whole file and find out about your writing. Here’s how:
Select the passage
Click on Tools
Click on Spelling and Grammar
Keep pressing ignore to all the suggestions (I assume you’ve already edited your work)
At the end you will get this kind of chart
Note the number of words per sentence. In this case 12.2. I’ve read that the average English sentence today is 13 words. So this writer is on target.
Next check the number of passive sentences. It should be low, very low. Passive verbs are weak.
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level is the easiest thing to understand. What grade level can read this document.
I believe we writers should write down. Then our audience will be larger.
What are your readability statistics?
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