Behind every great writer is a great editor. Autocrit.com is an online editing tool that helps you self-edit. My first experience with it was extremely positive. Jeremy “Remy” Flagg told me about it as the Necon conference. It was my biggest takeaway from the con.
You copy and paste text from your manuscript into Autocrit, which then analyzes it across a range of quality variables, including readability, pacing/momentum, cliches, passive voice indicators, unnecessary filler words, adverbs, passive voice indicators, dialogue tags, repeated words, sentence starters and more. Genre benchmarks, such as general fiction and sci-fi/fantasy, allow you to compare say the number of adverbs in your text versus what is average in that genre.
I loved using the tool my first time. It showed me my crutch words, such as “look,” and other mistakes I make when I’m writing fast, such as word repetition. By finding bad habits, I can more easily self-edit while I’m writing. In many cases, there isn’t necessarily a problem, but a word or sentence should be evaluated to see if there is one. Instead of doing my usual quickie first edit to see if it sounded good and read well, I was able to produce a highly polished draft.
I’m a strong believer in tools like this and was happy to find one that has so many features. I hope Autocrit will continue to develop its product, as there’s even more it could do, in my view.
Check out Autocrit here. You can sample the software by dropping text into the box on the homepage. After that, Autocrit offers monthly or annual fee packages based on how you want to use it.