Friday, April 10, 2015

Software Editing Program For Fiction Writers

I love it when things fall into my lap - and that is just what happened with AutoCrit! We all need help editing our manuscripts - anyone who has been writing for more than ten seconds knows that at times we are not our own "best eyes", and that having a friend edit a manuscript, while a great help, is perhaps not all that we need. And professional editing can be quite costly. So what can we do - we want our work to be both visually appealing and readable. We want to look professional, and we want the quality of our work to be consistent. Enter AutoCrit!

AutoCrit is a software program for fiction writers that acts as a critique partner, strengthens our writing (pull it together technically), and helps us to publish with the confidence that our work looks like we have put some thought into it. One of the things that I like about it (disclaimer here - I have not purchased the program yet, although I am going to, which means that I have only worked with the trial version of the software) is that it functions to give feedback. I tend to work in the middle of the night - with AutoCrit I can get feedback in the middle of the night! What a deal!.

Focus areas include paving and momentum, dialogue, strong writing, word choice, comparison to other fiction, and repetition (this is a biggie!). With AutoCrit, we can pace our work (the story has to flow, we need to keep readers reading!), dialogue is strengthened (that is one of my weak points), and repetition is addressed. (I read an incredibly bad mystery a few years back, where the same phrase was repeated a minimum of ten times within the space of two pages. This goes way beyond being a beginning writer!)

There are three optons for purchase: (1) Gold - analyzes up to 1,000 words at a time, as many times as you like, for an entire year, (2) Platinum - analyzes up to 8,000 words at a time, as many times as you like, for an entire year, and (3) Professional - analyzes unlimited words, as many times as you like, for an entire year. Please note: prices are listed per month, but charged on a yearly basis.

I find this to be a very cost effective way to edit for far more than grammatical purposes. AutoCrit looks to be a writer's best friend!

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