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POV Consistency

In fiction, consistency in point of view is critical, from making making sure you’re using the right pronouns to helping the reader smoothly follow from one character’s perspective to another. This report helps you check your pronouns for consistency, avoid unnecessary slips into second person point of view, and spot unnecessary or jarring point of […]

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Initial Pronoun and Names

This analysis helps you see how often you start sentences in your manuscript with either a pronoun (she, he, it) or a name. Imagine if every sentence in a novel started the same way: Joe heard footsteps coming up the stairs. Joe froze. Joe looked around, trying to find a place to hide. Joe heard […]

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Sentence Starters

As writers, we want to mix up our sentence structures—it makes our writing livelier and more interesting than if every sentence starts the same way. But we have to watch out for two common pitfalls with sentence construction: starting sentences with an initial conjunction or an initial –ING verb. Initial conjunctions are when you start your sentences with […]

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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 to […]

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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 have […]

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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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