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Tense Consistency

Consistency in tense is critical to making your prose flow smoothly. In fiction, writers generally maintain one tense for the main storyline throughout the story or novel. Changes in verb […]

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Adverbs

If there’s one telltale sign of an amateur writer, it’s a manuscript crammed with adverbs. Adverbs are those –ly words, like quickly or angrily, that we tend to rely on […]

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Passive Indicators

Passive voice. Just hearing that term conjures images of ninth-grade English class with all its confusing grammar rules. Never fear: AutoCrit is here to help you figure out what passive […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Redundancies

Redundancies are words that can be eliminated from your text because they repeat what has already been expressed or conveyed elsewhere in the sentence. For example: He reversed the car […]

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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 […]

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