Details and Examples

Writing teachers often say to “involve the senses,” to make the reader see, hear, touch, taste, and smell what you are writing. But to what degree does that happen in true bestsellers? How often do bestselling authors use sensory triggers? There are at least 5,000 sense-triggering words in the English language. For example, reading the words "bitter" or "sweet" triggers a visceral sensory reaction. Do you really need more sensory triggers... or less? This is just one example of features tracked by FictionFixer.

FictionFixer isn't limited to sensory triggers; it reports on character functions, initial appearances, number of mentions, first-person dialogs per character and character type, frequency of sentences commencing with character names and their dreaded pairing with “was” and “had.” And that's just with regard to characters.

FictionFixer detects modifiers to avoid, problem words and phrases, redundancies, discouraged sentence starters, passive constructions (with a proprietary algorithm more accurate than any other), introductory verbal phrases, similes, clichés, adverb usage, pronoun usage, and much more — 9,000 aspects of more than 250 characteristics in total.

FictionFixer evaluates everything about text that can be counted: paragraphs, sentences, words, syllables, dialog attributes, narrative (non-dialog) versus dialog (and switches between the two), and the density of anything countable within any logical chunk of text; this includes seven super-accurate readability statistics. Most usage stats are given on a per-dialog or per-narrative (non-dialog) basis.

Finally, FictionFixer examines 100 paragraph characteristics contributing to the rhythm and flow of the story. From this, the software identifies patterns and progressions, both recurrent and unique. Most perceivable structural elements are displayed from the standpoint of zeroeth-, first-, and second-order entropy and redundancy. Even Moshe Koppel’s “Gender” algorithm is built in! FictionFixer also provides an overall “marketability coefficient” relating your novel to what is selling right now!

Don’t understand some of these terms? FictionFixer’s analytical reports are plain, easy-to-understand English, as are its recommendations for editorial changes and revisions.