The first time I joined a writing group, I was nervous.
Like any author, I felt protective of my novel and was afraid to share it with people I hadn’t built trust with yet.
Somehow, I found the courage, read my first 5 pages aloud and waited for the critique. The first comments were positive, raving remarks about what a neat story I had. They loved my heroine and quickly caught the spirit of my novel.
I was feeling euphoric until one member (whom I found out later was a best-selling author of YA fiction) spoke up.
“Did you know your writing is littered with adverbs? Adverbs rely on weak verbs and adjectives, which makes your writing unoriginal and boring. Plus, your use of adverbs in dialogue is an even a bigger indicator that you’re making amateur mistakes” she said.
My writing boring? Amateur mistakes? How could it be unoriginal? I had labored hour after hour pouring words onto the page!
Adverbs was not something I’d even considered when writing my first draft.
It took me close to an hour to find all the instances where I used adverbs and understand what she had immediately picked up - just in the first 5 pages! I also noticed other poor word choices now that I was educated on the basics of “boring and amateur” writing.
Well, that’s when all my insecurities came out.
I knew I was a dang good writer with dynamic characters and an interesting plot.
What I didn’t know was what would be glaringly obvious to agents and publishers – unless I took the time to seriously edit my work.
And that was the inspiration for creating AutoCrit almost 15 years ago!
From this experience, I developed a system where authors could get instant guidance on improving their manuscript. A “safe” place where there was feedback without fear of judgement from others.
Over the years, the system and toolkit has continued to evolve and become even more tailored to the fiction market, incorporating feedback from authors, agents, and publishers.
AutoCrit's been reimagined and expanded again with a laser focus on helping authors turn draft manuscripts into published books readers can’t put down!
Maybe you’re not as much of a novice as I was when I started writing. But can you immediately pick up on showing vs telling indicator words? Do you realize how often you use the same phrases too close together? Do you rely on adverbs too much? Can you pick out every slow paced paragraph in your book?
It’s all stuff AutoCrit is designed to find. It will pick up the inconsistencies you, your readers, your critique group, and your editors might miss.
Today, we would love to help you take the next step to publishing your manuscript.