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Generic Descriptions

  As fiction writers, it’s our job to create a vivid, detailed world for our readers. But that won’t happen if you have boring, generic descriptions in your manuscript. Generic descriptions are fuzzy, ambiguous words—words like: nice good uncomfortable pretty really very Sometimes known as abstract words, such descriptions make it difficult for the reader […]

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Homonyms

  This analysis helps you spot homophones and homonyms so you can make sure you’re using the correct word. Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings: knew and new, poor and pour, or cite, sight and site. Homonyms are words that are spelled the same but […]

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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 problem. AutoCrit will highlight and find any word or group of words you choose from a customizable Personal List. You can access […]

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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. Aim to use synonyms and unique descriptions instead, to eliminate unnecessary repetition. This analysis helps you spot areas in your manuscript where […]

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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 readability and flow. Reviewing the type and frequency of your words allows you to reduce repetitions and  ensure your writing is in sync with […]

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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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