I have been successfully editing manuscripts for several years. However, when it comes to my own work, I have a harder time being objective and catching errors. Sometimes I just can’t see them, and other times, I am more critical than I should be. So I have learned to use editing programs to help me see what it is that I might be missing in my own work. One of the programs I use is AutoCrit.
From the website:
AutoCrit had humble beginnings eight years ago as the brainchild of an unpublished author who was struggling to make it as a writer. Her problem was a common one: How do you get unbiased, knowledgeable feedback on your early drafts quickly, easily, and without spending a ton of money on an editor?
Critique partners and writers groups rarely fit the quick and easy bill, and it can be difficult to find a knowledgeable partner willing to take sufficient time to really dive into your work.
That’s why the AutoCrit system was developed. AutoCrit provides instant unbiased feedback on your writing. It highlights areas that can be improved and provides a comparison of your work with successful published fiction.
Perhaps most important, using AutoCrit provides you with confidence that your work is free from basic fiction style errors BEFORE you send it out for review.
Through it all, AutoCrit will always hold true to the mission that started it all:
Provide instant, unbiased, knowledgeable feedback to authors looking to improve their manuscript and become stronger writers.
AutoCrit features 6 different areas to help you improve your manuscript:
- Pacing & Momentum-This includes an analysis of sentence variation and pacing so that your story is balanced and keeps your readers turning pages.
- Dialogue-This includes an analysis of dialogue tags and adverbs in dialogue to help you bring your characters to life which will keep your story moving and your readers hooked.
- Strong Writing-This includes an analysis of adverbs, passive voice, showing vs. telling, cliches, redundancies, and unnecessary filler words. This helps to strengthen your writing and eliminate common fiction style errors.
- Word Choice-This analyzes your manuscript for initial pronoun and names, sentence starters, generic descriptions, homonyms, and a personal word list. This will help you review your word choices that might be clarified better another way.
- Repetition-This makes an analysis of your manuscript for repeated words, repeated phrases, word frequency, and phrase frequency. This helps you identify those words and phrases you like to repeat and then you can add variety and spice up your manuscript.
- Compare to Fiction-This analysis looks for overused words and then offers a combination report–Repeated words and phrases and Overused words. It compares your work to other published works and you can choose the genre you wish to be compared with.
You can try analyzing some of your text for free on the AutoCrit website. I purchased an annual subscription as I found it does help me make my manuscripts tighter and cleaner and it catches things I may not see in my own writing. It can be a valuable tool in your author toolbox.