The Writer’s Diet


In the constant search for tools and ideas to improve my skills, I came across the Writer’d Diet by Helen Sword this morning and must say I love it!

It rates your writing from lean (what we are all striving for) and heart attack territory (definitely to be avoided).  It is a very simple process and you have your results in seconds!

Firstly, paste your text into the block provided and press “Run the test”.  That simple!

Next, you will get feedback on verbs,  nouns, prepositions, adjectives / adverts and “waste words”.  You also get the option for a full diagnoses, which goes into more depth on your use of words, what to avoid, etc.

To give you an idea, I ran the test on my tribute to Vuyo Mbuli.  The result:  Fit and Trim!

Here is a sample of what to expect:

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Go on, try it with your next post.  It’s a rather fun way to see whether you are up to scratch with your writing.

Author: nanuschka

I am a free spirit born in the Free State, 20 years to late. I am Ying and Yang. I am the girl next door who prefers daisies and peace rallies, but can just as easily rock at a rally. I love all things Latin and am sure that in my previous life (if that existed) I was Spanish. The dark side of me, however, tells me that I lived in Mother Russia. I am an over thinker par excellence , in constant search of answers to all things that makes us human. What we do and, more importantly, why we do it. I hope you enjoy my rambles and would love to hear from you. If you like it here, please come back, comment and share. If not, let me not waste another second of your time. All I ask is that you respect my space, be constructive and leave negativity at the door. There is enough of that in this world we live in and yes, in my head too sometimes. Not everything here will be liked or agreed with. Some of it will be downright rude, crazy and straight forward. Not everyone will like me and what goes on in my head, but this is my life and my space. Enjoy the ride

13 thoughts on “The Writer’s Diet”

  1. Ha, that’s cool! I just gave it a go on four of my fiction posts and got three “lean” and one “fit and trim”! Yay me 🙂

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