I’m sorry to have to grade your paper so harshly, but according to the Hemingway editor — so graciously provided by the author of the linked article — the submission “Grammar Games Outlaw” FAILED to break one of the hallowed rules for writing popular articles on Medium.
Here are your scores, according to Hemingway:
Grade level: 5 (McCready data points specifically require Grade 6)
Easy to read sentence ratio: 91.1% (McCready baseline is 75%)
Average sentence length: 9.1 (McCready recommends 12–15 words)
Article length: 3 mins: (McCready requires 6–7 mins.)
Use of power words: 0 (McCready minimum is 1, but I choose to be safe. Please see my article “3 powerful ways to write powerfully.”)
Article Headline: Title Case (McCready wants sentence case)
Call to action: “YOU HAVE NO OBLIGATION TO BUY.” (McCready calls for a CTA; you get minus points for this excruciatingly beautiful example of breaking the rules.)
Publication date: Monday (McCready calls for Tuesday)
Based on the above scores, your score is 12.5/100 minus 2 points for your reverse CTA for a final score of 10.5/100
(with apologies to Elliot Nichols)
You have lowered the quality of writing in the room today to stunningly mediocre! Well done!
If you wish to sink to Grammar Games fool’s gold standard of “horrific”, you have the option to remedy this shocking adherence to rule #2, until the final paper is published this Wednesday.