Use of readability function on writing software

by Mark Hankinson
2nd August 2021

Hi

I'm new to writing fiction.  I'm using a computer package (Papyrus) as a word processor and I have been using the Readability function.  The readability highlights a paragraph in different colours from red (highly technical) to dark blue/purple (childlike level of reading ability).  

I'm writing a piece of fiction aimed at adults.  But the readability is highlighting a lot of my writing as green or blue, which indicates the readability is suitable for young adults.  Is this OK or could it mean that I'm "dumbing down" a bit and making it a bit too easy to read for the intended audience?

Thanks

 

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Wasn't Papyrus an old Amiga programme? I seem to remember using that before we moved to PCs. Great machine and much more intuitive OS than Windows, just a shame they never had the cash to develop it further.

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