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Interpreting the AutoCrit Results

Dale Chall Readability

The Dale Chall readability formula is a readability test that provides a numeric gauge of the comprehension difficulty that readers come upon when reading a text. The mathematical formula uses the parameters of

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Readability Statistics

Readability tests are a measure of the ease of comprehension of a written text. The results are obtained solely through the analysis of word and sentence characteristics of the subject text and do

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Adverbs in Dialogue

A major pitfall of amateur writers is the use of adverbs in dialogue tags.  Adverbs are those –ly words that modify verbs. For example: quickly asked. said angrily. wistfully said. happily replied. In fiction, adverbs

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Personal Words and Phrases

Do you have a word or phrase not found in the standard AutoCrit analysis categories that you want highlighted in your writing? Words or phrases you know you repeat or abuse?  Not a

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Clichés

He wanted all hands on deck… She had an axe to grind… It was tough to make ends meet… His hands were tied… The game was a nail biter… If these phrases sound

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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

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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 readability and

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Repeated Words

  One of the best ways to keep your writing fresh and engaging is to avoid using the same words too close together. Repetition can make your work seem amateurish or even goofy.

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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

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Showing vs. Telling Indicators

   Show, don’t tell. It’s the first rule of writing, and for good reason. In a nutshell, showing is about using description and action to help the reader experience the story. Telling

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