October 1, 2014 5:22 AM BP: 136/97/74
Three months left in the year. Plenty of time for a new project or two.
I just signed the October challenge with 750words.com to write at least 750 words every day for the month of October. I plan to write more than that but 750 seems like a nice basement number. Basement as opposed to a ceiling. (Hey, my blog, my word creations.)
Although I’ve accepted the challenge every month, my last successful full month of writing every day was April of this year. I’ve been writing at least 750 words a day but sometimes I forget to post them to the website of the same name.
So, at 5:29 AM, I’m going away to do my daily dictation to Scrivener using Dragon Dictate and reading from the book by Lee Child called Worth Dying For. BRB.
Resuming this blog at 6:07 AM. The word count for Chapter 12 was 1541. I checked the readability score against the website called readability-score.com and the result was grade level 3.9. There were 199 sentences, with an average 3.9 characters per word, 1.2 syllables per word and eight words per sentence. This makes me wonder whether a fourth grader could read this and understand it.
NOTE: Just for grins, I fed the preceding content of this blog into the readability-source.com application and my level of writing was 5.2. So, it looks like I’m writing for fifth-graders. Hey, kid. Does your mother know what you’re reading?
Just for some more grins, I’ll look at someone else’s writing for a further comparison. Hmm, perhaps someone from the Austin American Statesman newspaper, say Omar Gallaga and his recent article about the Austin City Limits fest.
The readability of his article was at grade level 10.3, the same level as that of Walt Mossberg, former writer for the New York Times in his farewell article.
Way to go, Omar!
So, my analysis is that Lee Child and I are writing for grade schoolers while Omar Gallaga and Walt Mossberg are targeting high school sophomores. Faulty analysis? Probably. What are your thoughts? Analyze the last thing you wrote (200 words or so) and see what your writing grade level is.