Thursday, August 23, 2012

Okay, so Shannon Messenger shared a lovely time-waster on her blog yesterday, so instead of the thoughtful ,useful post I was going to do, instead you get these:
This one is made from the first two chapters of the book I'm querying.

This one is made from the first two VERY rough chapters of the new book I'm writing.

Eventually, I'll use this as a tool to identify words I use too much (like "just" and "back"), but for now, it's just pretty. Go try Wordle yourself!

6 comments:

  1. That looks like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it's not working in my browser. I'll have to get my computer guy to see if he can fix it later cause it looks awesome. I really like how your second one turned out.

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  2. Thanks for the link! Then again, I may not want to know what the program will tell me... ;) Have a good one!

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  3. I love this! Thanks for sharing. It's creative and fun so does this detract from the time wasting factor???

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  4. I enjoyed it. Though I will say it does have some value.

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  5. I've used this in class with my students for the books we read together:-)

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  6. In thinking about this tool, and what I could do with it. There are several things that I can use this tool for to aid my writing.

    1. Each chapter has its own focus and purpose. If the words that represent that purpose (and associated characters) are not the largest words, then I am probably not conveying what I want to say successfully.

    2. This is also true for different sections of the book and for the book as a whole.

    3. As you said, you can find out if there are any words that you commonly use that you need to change. When I ran this against the first 13 chapters of my book I found "However". Since it was capitalized, it meant that I started more sentences then I should have with However.

    Anyway, those are the ways that I have though on how this can be a useful tool as a quick verification that you are writing about what you intend to write on.

    I am sure that given time I can find other uses for this tool as well. It will never replace a good reviewer. But it can provide an interesting review of yoru work that a human reviewer would not do.

    Again, thanks for providing the link.

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