This is the Wordle cloud of my current draft of my Melisma novel (which I’m tentatively thinking about calling WITHOUT A SONG). Beautiful, isn’t it?
Here’s how it works. When you copy and paste your manuscript in the box, it comes out with the words you use most. The bigger the word, the more you use it. My two most used words in my current draft are “Coda” and “like.” (My current draft is through chapter 16 and has approximately 41,000 words.)
Aside from looking pretty, doing this can be a fantastic way to figure out if you overuse words. Coda is the name of my main boy character, so not a big deal that his name is big. But when words like “like,” “just,” “know,” etc. are big the way they are, I’m starting to think maybe I need to go reword some things. I know that I use “just” TONS. But I didn’t realize I used “like.”
Anyway, when you get close to working on line edits or you want to have some fun (like me), this is a great tool to see what words are the big ones in your cloud. 🙂
Have a great weekend!