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Pacing and momentum are crucial components of fiction writing. After all, you’ll want to keep your readers “hooked” throughout your story.
Whether you’re just getting started in writing or looking to break into fiction writing, you’ll need to know how to pace a novel.
Balance fast- and slow-paced sections to keep your readers turning those pages.
Pacing & Momentum Analysis Includes:
Varying the lengths of your sentences is a great way to keep your writing interesting. Too many sentences of the same length become boring to the reader. AutoCrit analyzes the length of every sentence in your text and provides a graphical display of the results. You will quickly see potential problem areas where you may lose your readers.
Good stories include a mix of fast-paced and slow-paced sections. Our stories can get bogged down with too many slow-paced sections—such as backstory, extended descriptions, and too much exposition. Include too many slow-paced sections, and a reader may lose interest. AutoCrit highlights slower-paced parts of your manuscript, allowing you to identify patterns and loss of momentum.
Dialogue is one of the most challenging areas of writing. Strong dialogue can be one of the most memorable parts of your manuscript. It can bring your story and your characters to life. It will keep your readers hooked and your story moving.
When an agent or editor receives your manuscript, he or she will frequently turn to a passage of dialogue first because this is the fastest way to tell how well you write.
More amateur mistakes occur in dialogue passages than anywhere else in a manuscript.
Dialogue Analysis Includes:
Dialogue tags are the phrases in your manuscript that identify a speaker within written dialogue. AutoCrit helps you identify the kinds of dialogue tags you’re using in your manuscript and how often you’re using them. It helps you determine whether you need to cut excessive or unnecessary tags and more clearly see what kinds of words you’re using in your tags.
Adverbs in Dialogue
In fiction, adverbs tend to weaken your writing. Writers often rely on adverbs in a dialogue tag to convey emotion and tone. But that should happen in the dialogue itself, not in the dialogue tag. So the general rule is to eliminate as many adverbs as possible and write stronger dialogue that stands on its own.
We all want to strengthen our writing and eliminate common fiction style errors. AutoCrit is tuned to highlight areas of your writing that indicate faux pas and weak writing.
Strong Writing Analysis Includes:
Adverbs are those –ly words, like quickly or angrily, that we tend to rely on in early drafts. AutoCrit identifies adverbs in your writing so you can eliminate them. Most agents and editors loathe adverbs. A manuscript littered with adverbs indicates that the writer either didn’t know to come up with a more powerful verb (and is therefore inexperienced) or that the writer knew but didn’t bother—and that’s definitely not the impression you want to make.
Passive voice indicates a lack of specificity and clarity, which also occurs when writers use generic descriptions and show instead of tell. AutoCrit identifies passive voice in your manuscript by looking for some of the classic indicators, such as forms of the verb “to be”—like had/has and was/were.
Showing Vs Telling
Showing Vs. Telling is the first rule of writing, and for good reason. In a nutshell, showing uses description and action to help the reader experience the story. Telling uses summary or exposition to simply tell the reader what is happening. AutoCrit finds indicators in your writing of telling instead of showing.
Clichés are phrases so overused they’re considered trite and unoriginal. AutoCrit helps you spot them so you can replace them with something crisp, vivid, descriptive, and distinct.
Redundancies are words that can be omitted because they repeat what has already been expressed or conveyed in the sentence. AutoCrit spots redundancies for you so you may eliminate them, making your prose leaner and cleaner.
Unnecessary Filler Words
Filler words are words that creep into our writing, such as that, just, even, seem, very, or really. Filler words are almost always fluff. AutoCrit will help you identify your fillers, so you may cut, cut, cut—keeping your sentences tight and your readers happy.
With over a million words available in the English language alone, you have decisions to make.
Yet it can be a challenge to find words that capture your meaning and convey it to your readers without losing them.
AutoCrit is here to help navigate through common pitfalls you may encounter when choosing your words.
Word Choice Analysis Includes:
Initial Pronoun and Names
Starting any sentence the same way too often can distract or bore your reader. This analysis helps you see how often you start sentences in your manuscript with either a pronoun (she, he, it) or a name. Pronouns and character names are important—but they don’t always belong at the beginning of a sentence. Mix up your sentence structures to keep your writing fresh.
As writers, we want to mix up our sentence structures—it makes our writing livelier and more interesting than if every sentence starts the same way. AutoCrit shows you where you start your sentences with initial –ING verbs or initial conjunctions so that you can identify repetitions that become annoying to readers.
Generic descriptions are fuzzy, ambiguous words—words like nice, good, uncomfortable, or pretty. Sometimes known as abstract words, such descriptions make it difficult for the reader to truly “see” the scene. AutoCrit looks for generic words that you may replace with more specific words.
Think of looking for homonyms as a last “check” to make sure “its” isn’t confused with “it’s” and “their” isn’t confused with “there” or “they’re.” AutoCrit highlights homophones and homonyms in your writing so you can make sure you’re using the correct word.
Personal Word List
Do you have a word not found in the standard AutoCrit analysis categories that you want highlighted in your writing? Words that you know you repeat or abuse? Not a problem. AutoCrit will highlight and find any word you choose from a customizable Personal Word List.
As writers, we’ve all been guilty of repetition, whether that means repeating the same word or phrase too close together in our manuscripts, relying on the same gestures and actions too frequently, or starting each sentence the same way.
It’s not always easy to spot repetition in our own work (fortunately, you have AutoCrit!). But trust me: The reader will notice.
Sure, sometimes repetition works. But most of the time, it’s better to eliminate or change repetitions.
It’s an easy fix with big impact.
Repetition Analysis Includes:
Repeated words are similar words used too close together, regardless of whether they have the same meaning. AutoCrit helps you spot areas in your manuscript where you repeat the same words within a few paragraphs so you can replace them with synonyms or unique descriptions instead.
Repeated phrases are groups of two, three, or four identical words used too close together, regardless of whether they have the same meaning. AutoCrit helps you spot these areas in your manuscript so you can replace them with unique descriptions.
AutoCrit combs through your manuscript and compiles a list of the top 100 words you’ve written. Too many difficult and uncommon words in your writing have a big impact on its readability and flow. Reviewing the type and frequency of your words allows you to reduce repetitions and ensure your writing is in sync with your target audience.
AutoCrit identifies the two-, three-, and four-word phrases you use throughout your manuscript and tells you how frequently you’ve used them. This gives you a big-picture perspective on phrases you may rely on too much as a writer. Too many similar phrases and actions quickly become noticeable to readers. Knowing how often you use them will help you decide whether or not you need to mix it up.
Want to know how your writing stacks up against other published works of fiction?
AutoCrit compares words and sentence constructions from your manuscript to successful published fiction, including mass-market paperbacks and bestsellers.
You can even specify the genre of fiction.
Compare to Fiction Analysis Includes:
If the instances of certain words in your manuscript exceed the average found in published works, AutoCrit highlights those words in your manuscript for quick analysis and editing. Now you know how your writing compares to other works—in the world of general fiction and in your specific genre.
This report combines two of AutoCrit’s most powerful and in-depth analyses: Repeated Words and Phrases, and Overused Words.