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Summary Report: Overall Score and Fingerprint

AutoCrit’s Summary Report brings all of your book’s analysis together in one place – making it easier for you to see your progress and pinpoint where to go next.

At the top of your Summary Report, you’ll see two core features: Overall Score and your AutoCrit Fingerprint.

Here’s how to get the most out of both of these features.


The Overall Score

Screenshot of AutoCrit's Summary Score


The first thing to keep in mind about AutoCrit’s overall score is that it is not a qualitative judgment of your writing.

A higher score does mean fewer potential issues identified by AutoCrit, but there is no specific benchmark that guarantees the quality of any piece of writing. Writing fiction, in particular, is a massively creative endeavor where authors are always free to play against expectations.

AutoCrit’s overall score is based on how closely your writing matches the standards of your chosen genre – romance, sci-fi, young adult, academic, or memoir, for example. This is from a raw data perspective, which means you do need to leave room for your own personal creative freedom.

With this in mind, your overall score should be used as a gauge to tell whether the changes you’re making are taking you in the right direction. After a heavy round of eliminating filler words, for example, running the Summary Report should result in a higher overall score – even if it’s only a slight change.

The point at which different AutoCrit users decide to bring their editing to an end differs from user to user. Aiming to reach 100% is not recommended. Doing so can lead to more frustration than necessary and begin to chip into what you, the author, really want to do with your writing. Nobody wants to end up hating their own story.

So use your score to guide you, making sure you’re gradually climbing up with the changes you make, but don’t allow it to rule over your entire work.

For a deeper look into the overall score results of actual published bestsellers, be sure to look through our What’s the Score series on the AutoCrit blog. There, you’ll find some extremely enlightening insight that should you build a benchmark for yourself.

Key points to remember:

  • The overall score is not a complete judgment of the quality of your writing.
  • The overall score is genre-based and will change depending on your comparison settings.
  • Your score should go up, even just slightly, when you make edits based on AutoCrit’s recommendations.
  • Use your score to confirm your forward progress, but aiming for 100% is not the goal.
  • Check out our What’s the Score articles for some extra, real-world context.


The AutoCrit Fingerprint

Screenshot of AutoCrit's fingeprint analysis


AutoCrit’s fingerprint analysis is designed to help point you in the right direction, so you’re never lost as to which parts of your manuscript you should tackle next.

Each number you see in your fingerprint represents the number of indicators AutoCrit has detected in each writing category. The goal is to start bringing these numbers down, as close to zero as possible.

In the screenshot above, for example, the Dialogue category contains 40 indicators. This means 40 recommendations AutoCrit has for you that could make your dialogue stronger.

In the same screenshot, we can see that the two categories most in need of attention are Repetition, with 714 indicators, and Strong Writing, which has 1173.

Inside the AutoCrit platform, the Strong Writing category includes the following reports:

  • Adverbs
  • Passive Indicators
  • Tense Consistency
  • Showing vs. Telling
  • Clichés
  • Redundancies
  • Unnecessary Filler Words

So to start bringing down the number of indicators under Strong Writing on your fingerprint, you should devote your time to the reports listed above – working your way through each one and following AutoCrit’s recommendations as much as you can.

Always remember, however, that you are the author. Just because AutoCrit has a certain recommendation for you doesn’t mean you have to follow it if it goes against what you want for your own book.

One point to keep in mind is that large changes in one category may cause rises in your fingerprint numbers in another category. So, the removal of 300 indicators from the Strong Writing category might cause 12 more to appear under Repetition.

This is because of how AutoCrit’s analysis works, taking into account your complete word count and multiple other factors. When the composition of your writing drastically changes, all parts of your fingerprint can change as well.

This is nothing to worry about.

Just continue to follow the path of tackling the largest numbers before moving on to the next once you’re happy you’ve done all you feasibly can.


Key points to remember:

  • The fingerprint shows the number of indicators AutoCrit has found across different editing categories.
  • Each category may contain a variety of individual reports.
  • The goal is to tackle these recommendations and bring the numbers down as close to zero as possible.
  • Start with the highest number, and move on to the next once you think you’ve done all you can while still preserving your own wishes as the author.
  • Large reductions in one category may cause numbers to rise in a different one. This is nothing to worry about.
  • As the numbers in your fingerprint go down, your Overall Score should go up.