Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Post-Revision Wordle

**I forgot to link to their website. The link for Wordle is http://www.wordle.net/

Hi everyone! Jess here J A few months back I did a post on Wordle and how I was using it for revising my WIP. I wanted to do a follow-up post regarding it now that I’ve finished revisions. Without going over everything from that old post, here’s a quick summary.



Above is my Wordle pre-revisions. I highlighted my habit and telling words, and went to town on editing them out of my novel. I didn’t quite get all of them out.

Of note:
*”Just” was more commonly used than my mc’s first names. LEGIT!
*said, didn’t, know, was, back

Obviously I had my work set out for me. I present to you know my Wordle post-revisions:



To make it easier to spot the words, here’s a highlighted version:



I still have some issues with telling words, but the biggest, most important difference is that “just” is down to a more reasonable size, which means I’ve edited out a lot of instances of the word. Like. A LOT. The hard part is deciding how often those words are actually used, since Wordle just compares the instances with other words. In either case, I’ve cut out a lot of my old habit words.

Of note:
*”Like”—is probably there for comparison purposes, not teen/YA speak. Will edit out.
*Back, know, didn’t, looked, something, one, got, asked and something— some are telling, some are dialogue/action tags. Again, these can be edited out.

I think I’m still off from where the MS should be, but I’ve made some improvement and that’s awesome. Wordle is an amazing tool, and you should check it out to see what your habit words are! J


4 comments:

  1. I overuse 'just.' You did good to cut it back so far. Keep working on it. It's probably not as telling as you think though.

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  2. Hi Jessica,
    Very interesting post on wordle, hey how you get the color in it,
    and also provide the wordle web link so that others too can try it LOL
    Nice to be here, I just joined in
    Keep inform
    Best Regards
    Phil

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    1. Whoops! I can't believe I forgot to link to their site! It's: http://www.wordle.net/

      They also include the color automatically, athough you can change the color scheme. I then went through and manually highlighted/circled words in MS Paint :)

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  3. This is a pretty cool exercise. Just used to be one of my no-no words too. :)

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