"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you." -Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wordles as Sick Entertainment

Check out my Wordle in the sidebar: it's a Java Applet that takes your manuscript and shows an author, in a very visual manner, which words appear most frequently in his or her manuscript.

Mine's "Vic."  No kidding, right?  

The only word that appears too often for my taste is eyes; it means that I'm relying to heavily on the eyes to communicate emotion, and it's high time to consider other modes of nonverbal communication.  Look is also up there, which means its time to edit some of those eyes and looks out of my manuscript.  You folks that are editing and reading for me have a new challenge: don't let me use the words eyes or look for the next few weeks, even if I whine.  Which I won't.

Replied is also annoyingly large, as is like.  When do I use like? or are there more similies running around in my work than I realize?

Run your manuscripts (or blogs) through the wordle.net applet; you might be surprised by what you find!

All my best,


  1. Someone should run Twilight through this and see what happens! I'm sure comedy will ensue!

  2. No joke! Which would do you think would appear most often? Sparkle? Adonis? Too bad Wordle cannot combine adverbs together. . . there would be one huge adverb in the middle of the Twlight wordle!

  3. LOVE the look here. I want to use one of those flash things on my page, where do I find one?? When you're ready, I will post a link to your page from my blog...maybe by then I'll have a decent amount of readers who can hop on board here :)