5 Fun Ways to Test Words

How to tell if your writing is any good.


How many words do you see in a single day? Believe it or not, studies have shown that a typical social media user sees about 54,000 words a day.

Heck, that’s more words than you’d find in a book! For example, Fight Club, one of my favorite novels, weighs in at a mere 49,962 words.

With so many words fighting for attention, good writing is more important than ever. Anyone can create crappy content. To stand out from the crowd, you need to create top-notch content.

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But how can you tell if your writing is any good? Well, that’s where testing comes into play. Testing helps you see how your words resonate with readers — before you hit that scary Publish button.

Let’s have a look at 5 fun ways to test the content you write. Using these tests, you can get valuable insights about your writing, and even have some fun along the way.

Reaction Cards

Back in 2002, a couple of folks from Microsoft created a testing approach known as the Microsoft Reaction Card Method. It’s a way to measure the desirability of a product, using a set of 118 reaction cards.

Each reaction card has a single term on it, like Annoying, Fresh, or Helpful. After looking at a design, each test participant is asked to pick out the cards they find most relevant. Then they’re asked to explain their choices.