Helen Sword’s Wasteline Test is a great online writing improvement tool.
You cut and paste your writing into a box, hit the button and the software scans your words.
The Wasteline Test counts and highlights the weak verbs, abstract nouns, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs and waste words. It then gives you a ranking from lean, through fit and trim all the way up to heart attack.
New Zealand academic Sword designed her test to help university students improve their writing skills. She has also written a book, The Writer’s Diet.
The Test works just as well for most types of writing. It’s always good practice to write as short and snappily as possible. This will help.