Do you use crutch phrases and not even know it? - Authors A.I.

Alessandra Torre
June 15, 2020

repetitive phrases

One of the coolest things about our novel-loving A.I. editor is her ability to expand into new areas based on suggestions from the author community about what we’d find useful in an expert critique of your manuscripts.

We’re starting to get these ideas — “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if your A.I. could do this? …” — all the time now through our author questionnaire and in our public Facebook group and even by email.

A great example of this is her newest feature: finding repetitive phrases. Repetitive phrases are short word chains that appear multiple times over the course of your novel. If a consistent phrase pops up over and over again, it can become distracting and monotonous to the reader’s eyes.

Most of us have these crutch phrases or authorial tics, like “by the way” or “shrugged his shoulders” or “mulling it over.”

As with all of the new features that Marlowe adapts, this request came from an author. As with most feature requests, we took it to our founding authors — a team of more than 120 bestselling authors who span all genres — and got their input, then put the brains behind Marlowe’s A.I. to work, led by Dr. Matthew Jockers, one of our co-founders and an expert in the applications of machine learning to fiction.

Here’s an example of what the repetitive phrases feedback looks like in a Pro Author report after I ran one of my books through Marlowe:

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Graphic showing repetitive phrases and how often they are used in a manuscript.

Marlowe looks for three-word, four-word and 5-word phrases. Curious to know your own crutch phrases? Run a Marlowe report on your novel and get her results within 15 minutes.

Marlowe is a friendly A.I. editor who can read your novel and deliver a stunning 25-page report on its plot, structure, pacing,characters and lots more. Our members can run two reports a month, and unused credits will roll over. Or you can also just try it out a single purchases are available.

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