Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Computer Assisted Editing

By the time we're finished with a manuscript, I want to pull my hair out. It's frustrating to dissect every sentence to see if that's what we meant, and wanted, and need in the way we want to say it.

A recommendation from a writer in another group was to
check out ...

I decided to give it a try on a two-chapter section of the story we're working on now. Here's the report I received:
It allows you to click into each "issue" to see specifically where it is, and it may offer suggestions. You decide. It picked up vocabulary specific to a dialect that I wouldn't want to change, but it also pinpointed some others where I could make a better choice.

Each of the areas with issues, also has a detailed report. Here's one it gave me for sentence length. 

It seems like this software might be useful in the early editing phase. 
See what you think.

1 comment:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love this kind of thing. I used something called autocrit and learned so much.