How can I use the Critique Report and how does it work?

You can use the AI-powered Critique Report from within the ProWritingAid Online Editor to receive a comprehensive developmental critique of your writing.

Our Critique Report utilizes AI to give you on-demand feedback on several key elements of creative writing.

How do I access the Critique Report in ProWritingAid?

You’ll need to be using the ProWritingAid Online Editor to be able to access the Critique report.

To access the Online Editor, login to your account on our website and click on “Use App” from our homepage.

Once you’ve opened the Online Editor, you can open a new document to write in or to copy your writing into, or upload a document directly from your computer. We recommend writing at least 500 words to ensure you get a meaningful amount of feedback on your writing.

When you’re ready to receive a critique on your document, you can follow the steps below to start using the Critique report.

How do I get the Critique Report to work?

Critique Report appears in the Web Editor along the reports toolbar that appears at the top of your document.

Simply click on the Critique button to run the report on your document. It will run on the first 4000 words of your document and bring up a window showing you all the results of the analysis. Remember to write at least 500 words to ensure you get a meaningful amount of feedback on your writing.

If you want to run the report on up to 4000 words of a longer document, you can highlight the text you want to analyse using your cursor, and then click on Critique to see your results for that section of text.

The report you see works a lot like our Summary report, which means you can click through all the headings on the left to see specific feedback about your document.

For example, if you want to spend some time working on your character development, you can click on the Characters heading to see what the Critique report says about how you’ve written your characters.

How does the Critique Report work?

When you run the Critique Report, your text is analysed using AI technology and the window appears on your screen with bespoke feedback you can use to improve your writing.

The AI reads your text as though it’s a developmental editor and provides specific feedback on the key elements of creative writing, such as:

  • Strengths
  • Plot/Story
  • Characters
  • Tension
  • Point of View
  • Setting
  • Style/Voice
  • Clarity/Cohesion
  • Description
  • Dialogue
  • Pacing
  • Potential improvements

The response the Critique Report gives may not always be exactly what a human developmental editor or Beta reader would give, though. The Critique Report is not designed to be a replacement for a human developmental editor or Beta reader.

If you have any concerns over how the Critique Report works, please check out these FAQs for more information:

What do all the sections mean?

Each section of the AI-powered Critique Report gives you feedback on your writing, which you can use for improvements and continuous development of your story.

We’ve provided a detailed breakdown of what the headings mean, and the kind of feedback you can expect here.

If you have any questions about the Critique Report that we haven’t already answered, please get in touch with us at, and we’ll be happy to help you!