Here we are, churning out more content. As this post is being written there are literally millions of other human beings out there writing and creating content to add to our ever expanding archive of humanity. So one has to wonder, “Can I actually write something that has not been written before?” We all would like to think we are uniquely brilliant in our creativity but, chances are, we are not.
So, how do we find out if our writing is unique? There are tools for this on the web. Unless you have ever been scrutinized for an academic paper due to it’s similarities to past works or, you are a regular writer, you probably didn’t realize you could dump your text into a website and see if it resembles other content. Well, you can and one of them is called, PaperRater.com. There are many tools like it (Oh, the irony!) so, you may want to run a few tests on different sites, just to be sure of your originality. As a bonus, most of these tools will also check spelling and grammar usage.
Another good test to put your prose through is to determine what reading level the audience should have to find your text easy to understand. Check out Hemingwayapp.com to get an instant score on your work.
In case you are interested, this post is readable at a 6th grade level. (Perfect for general consumption.) A few sentences were labeled as “difficult” and it was rated 100% genuine. Hmmm, a truly unique piece of work IS still possible!