Interesting article about The Flesch-Kincaid Readability scale
. Basic idea is that bestselling writers are, intentionally or not, writing prose that's readable at a fourth grade reading level. Whereas the rest of us are, tragically, writing at an eight grade reading level. Which is, I suppose, why people are reading the bestsellers and not thou et moi.
I ran what I've got of the book so far through the checker, and the results are:
Characters per word: 4.4
Reading ease: 69.9
Grade level: 7.2
Somehow though I suspect that with an audience of writers
, an eight grade level isn't stretching it too far...
On the other hand, my novel is a tad easier to read:
Reading ease: 86.9
Grade Level: 3.8 (!)