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Repeated Phrases

Repeated phrases are groups of two, three, or four identical words used too close together, regardless of whether they have the same meaning. For example: He stood and began pacing the length of the office. “I don’t understand,” he said.  He began pacing again between his desk and the door. “What do you make of

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Word Frequency

AutoCrit combs through your manuscript and compiles a list of the top 100 words you've written. The amount of difficult and uncommon words in your writing has a big impact on it's readability and flow. Reviewing the type and frequency of your words allows you to reduce repetitions and  ensure your writing is in sync

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Phrase Frequency

Actions and gestures are an important part of any fiction story; they break up dialogue, help show rather than tell, and can demonstrate a character’s personality or state of mind. But gestures and actions can become extremely noticeable to readers if you use the same ones too many times. For example, in one of my

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Overused Words Report

  This report helps you spot commonly overused words and sentence constructions that weaken your manuscript, including generic descriptions, passive voice, adverbs, and more. The the analysis sidebar shows you the number of words found in a category and recommendations for improvement. It is important to remember that this is a suggestion only and not

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Pacing

Have you ever watched a movie with non-stop action from start to finish, so you felt like you never had a second to catch your breath or learn about the characters? Or have you ever read a story where the author droned on about the character’s thoughts, feelings, family history, and childhood, until you thought:

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Sentence Variation

Information shown in the analysis side-bar Sentences by word count:  This section provides the number of sentences that fall within a specified range of word lengths. Clicking on the length range will highlight the sentences found in that range within your text. This is a useful way to isolate longer sentences, look for slow paced

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Redundancies

Redundancies are words that can be eliminated from your text because they repeat what has already been expressed or conveyed elsewhere in the sentence. For example: He reversed the car back into the driveway. can be simplified to: He reversed the car into the driveway. Or: He threw his keys onto the table. could become:

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Combination Report

This report combines some of our most powerful and in-depth analysis: Repeated Words, Repeated Phrases, Personal Words and Overused Words. Overused words are shown in red, repeated phrases in blue, repeated words in green, and personal words in gold.  Check boxes have been provided in the legend at the top of the right sidebar which

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Unnecessary Filler Words

  As writers, we know every word has to earn its place on the page.  That means tightening each sentence until it’s lean, clear and free of fluff. So those pesky little filler words have got to go. Filler words are words that creep into our writing during the drafting stage, such as that, just,

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