logo logo Menu Bar

Support
Interpreting AutoCrit Results


Dialogue Tags and Dialogue Tag Frequency

  The AutoCrit analysis helps you identify the kinds of dialogue tags you’re using in your manuscript and how often you’re using them. This helps you in two ways: Editors and readers prefer minimal use of dialogue tags in fiction, so this helps you determine whether you need to cut any excessive or unnecessary tags.

Read More →

Adverbs in Dialogue

A major pitfall of an amateur writer 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 tend to weaken your writing.  So the general rule in fiction is to eliminate as many adverbs as possible, and replace

Read More →

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 in early drafts.  But now that you’re in the editing process, most of them need to go. Why remove adverbs? Adverbs rely on weak verbs

Read More →

Passive Voice 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 it is, why it’s (usually) bad, and how to avoid it in your manuscript. In the English language, there are two ways to construct a

Read More →

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 is when the author summarizes or uses exposition to simply tell the reader what is happening. For example: Telling: John was sad

Read More →

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 familiar, it’s because they are.  They’re clichés, phrases that have become so overused that they’re considered stale and unoriginal. There are

Read More →

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

Read More →

Sentence Starters

  As writers, we want to mix up our sentence structures—it makes our writing livelier and more interesting than if every sentence started 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

Read More →

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

Read More →

Homonyms

  This analysis helps you spot homophones and homonyms so you can make sure you’re using the correct one. 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

Read More →