The other day, this blog post appeared in my Facebook feed with the title: “This Surprising Reading Level Analysis Will Change the Way You Write.”
Once you get past the clickbait title, it’s a pretty good post. The reading level analysis the post is talking about is called the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, a method developed in the 1970s for evaluating the difficulty of a text. Basically, it analyses a text for complexity and assigns it a reading level.
Just for kicks, I fed a brief, randomly-selected chapter from my newest book, Whisper Blue into the analyzer over at ReadabilityScore.com and clicked analyze. My score? A whopping 4.1. Fourth grade reading level. Ha! Shows what an erudite elitist I am! Continue reading “Me and Hemingway”