Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cloud

I've played with it before, but Sierra Godfrey inspired me to copy-paste the entirety of Saving Me (so far, 20k) into Wordle and see the results.

If you're not familiar with the program, it basically picks out the most commonly repeated words in the text presented and makes a pretty cloud of shame for you to see.

If you click on the picture, it'll take you to the large-size so you can actually read it.


Wordle: WIP

22 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Interesting.

Crystal Cook said...

That is a VERY pretty cloud of shame :) I'll have to try that, I think I know what words mine would have on it. Why do I repeat myself so much?

Talli Roland said...

I did that with one of my MS's and it was really helpful to pick out all those sneaky repetitive words.

Pretty cloud!

Falen said...

i'm so excited to do this! But i've told myself i'm only allowed to do it once i have at least one set of line edits done on Foxfire. I don't want any false resluts before i have a chance to clean it up a bit

sarahjayne smythe said...

Very pretty cloud. Wordle is awesome. :)

Alyson said...

Pretty! I think word clouds are so neat. I really want to do mine, but I think if I do it once I'll be doing it after ever page I write.

Aubrie said...

Oh boy I'll have to try this! Your cloud isn't so bad. The only word I'd try to take out more is "just."

Amy Jo Lavin said...

Wow, I did it with my manuscript, and some of the overused words surprised me. Now I have more revision to do. :) Thanks for posting! I'd never heard about Wordle.

Natalie Murphy said...

Very cool cloud. I love putting my stuff in there to see what it comes up with. It's a HUGE time waster, basically, but it's fun ;)

I plan on putting the first 20,000 of my WIP in there when I reach that. Shouldn't be too much longer =)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool! I'll do that for my next project.

Amy Jo Lavin said...

Summer, I liked this so much that I did a post about it today and linked to your blog. Thanks for the idea!

Palindrome said...

I've been meaning to do this, thanks for the reminder!

Shelley Sly said...

This is so neat! I've used Wordle, but not for my novels. I'm going to try that now. I think your cloud looks better than mine would (and I had to chuckle at how many F-bombs it looks like you've used, hehehe.)

KrysteyBelle said...

I had never heard of Wordle. Thanks for blogging about it. I tried it and of course my MC popped up more often than anything else, but I found few stray things in there that can be fixed. Yay.

Lola Sharp said...

I've been Wordling for a long time, and still I find the same overused words. Habits are hard to break. (nice level of F-bomb dropping, yo!)

One of my overused no-no's, is clearly one of yours as well: really.
We really, really need to stop it. ;o)

Summer said...

I like how the words line up sometimes.

@Lola: It's not really a problem for me, now is it, really? Really? Really?

:-)

PS: I don't think my MC knows how to form a sentence without the F-bomb.

Guinevere said...

Oh that's neat! I love how it looks. And the words line up in such interesting ways!

Jen said...

This is so neat!!! It looks awesome and I am intrigued by some of the words!

Beth said...

That is VERY cool! I suspect many of us will be playing with it in days to come!

AchingHope said...

This is so much fun to do :D Sweet Muffins.

Meghan Ward said...

I did a Wordle yesterday, too, and I also have a man's name plus "like," "back," and "just" all pretty large. Interesting! Here's mine: http://bit.ly/cEB7iZ

Lady Jayne said...

Ooh! I love Wordle. I have a few on my blog too - it's kinda cool to see your words all broken down and rearranged like that, isn't it?