I recently hired an editor to review TMW and evaluate how I could improve the story and erase some rookie mistakes I know are in it. The information I received back on an edit of the first 25% of the book was fantastic. I have a new arsenal of information and tools to use as a result of working with a professional editor. These tools will help me develop my writing and push my existing and future books to a higher level.
I read an email blog that mentioned an online text evaluation tool. I heard of AutoCrit before, but never looked into it, mostly because I had forgotten about it. I just gave AutoCrit a guest member test run, and I am highly impressed with this tool. It takes the text you paste into the wizard and analyzes it for overused words, use of passive voice, sentence length variation, etc.
The guest member version is limited, but it gives you a good feel for what the wizard is looking for in your text. It was enough detailed information for me to become highly interested in purchasing it for extended use. I immediately saw the benefits of using the information from the editor PLUS using AutoCrit to improve my writing on several levels. Try it out. If you blog, write for recreation, or are working on your own manuscript, I think you will be impressed. This is a slick tool!
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