Does AutoCrit Suggest Solutions to the Problems it Identifies?
AutoCrit identifies potential problems, but does not suggest how to solve them. The reason for this is that there are many different solutions and only you know what is best for your story. Let’s take a look at an example to see what I mean…
First, here’s a poorly written paragraph. There are too many was/were verbs because I am telling, not showing, the story.
John was angry. He was going to sue that idiot into bankruptcy. He wasn’t going to put up with this. “You’ll regret this. I guarantee it.”
Now, we know the paragraph needs to improve, but how you do it depends on who your characters are. First, I might rewrite it from the perspective of a character who can keep his emotions under his control.
John clenched his fists, resisting the urge to wipe the smile off Smith’s face with a punch to his left jaw. Suing the idiot would have to be satisfaction enough. Keeping his voice as even as possible, he stared the man in the eye. “You’ll regret this. I guarantee it.”
Now I’ll rewrite the paragraph from the point of view of a character who can’t keep his emotions under control.
John swung his right fist and connected with the smug jaw of the lying bastard. The man crumpled to the floor. Satisfaction coursed through his blood as he shook out his fist. Suing the bastard into bankruptcy would complete his revenge. He kicked the prone form with his toe. “You’ll regret ever meeting me. I guarantee it.”
So in summation, AutoCrit can point out where your weaknesses are, but only you are smart enough to fix the problems in a way that suits your unique story.