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 your Overall Score and your Category Scores.
The Overall Score
The first thing to keep in mind about AutoCrit’s scoring 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 allows two types of comparison scores, the AutoCrit + Author/Genre Comparison and the Author/Genre comparison only score.
AutoCrit + Author/Genre Comparison
This method of scoring is based on how closely your writing matches AutoCrit best practice style guide with the specific profile of your chosen target author or genre added into the mix. Keep in mind that the AutoCrit’s best practice writing style are gleaned from our exhaustive analysis of millions of published works, reader feedback, and advice from experts in the industry.
Author/Genre comparison only score
This method of scoring is based solely on how closely your writing matches specific profile of your chosen target author or genre. If you are only concerned about writing like your chosen target, this is the score for you.
It is important to keep in mind that scoring is still based on the a raw data of your text, which means you do need to leave room for your own personal creative freedom. 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 wants 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 Category Scores
AutoCrit’s category scores are 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 category scores represents a unique score for the following categories:
Pacing and Momentum
The category scores function the same as the overall score noted above and will update based on your choice of comparison style.
Always remember 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.