Saturday, July 31, 2010

Revision Gems, weekend edition

I Wordle'd my novel last night. I realized that I hadn't done that since I finished, so I thought it might be fun to see my commonly used words.

Interesting results.

Here are the PG-rated words, most commonly used:

One: 553
Like: 306
Hand: 294
Back: 274
Time: 227
Around: 197
Know: 162
Looked: 140

Tom (MC's love interest): 364
Julie (MC's aunt): 204
Jim (MC's uncle): 190
Lily (MC's name): 75


The non-PG words:

F*ck: 146
F*cking: 75
Love: 75 (I know "love" is PG, but I thought it was funny that fucking and love appeared the same number of times)
Sh*t: 62
Damn: 45

My MS is only 153 pages long, so "f*ck" appears on almost every single page. Can't say as I was surprised by these numbers.

Fun times! Now to delete, delete, delete...


Aubrie said...

Look and looking are two words that always come up for me. i try to replace them with glance, glimpse, etc.

Jemi Fraser said...

I love Wordle! It's so fun & helpful :)


This was a most interesting write, would never have thought of that in a month of Sundays.
Thanks for sharing.

Summer Ross said...

LOL- hey I never thought of counting up words. I'll have to try that. Great post- it is kind of strange/ interesting that F**k and love come up the same amount of times.

Old Kitty said...

I've never heard of Word'l (sp?) so will look it up!!

I always think that Damn is kind of the granddaddy of the f word! But it probably doesn't mean the same thing...! LOL!

Good luck with your editing!

Take care

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a lot! I think only damn would show up on mine. I was caught in the quandary that an alien race would not use the same cuss words and yet there needed to be something identifiable. (Or I'd have to make up words like they did on Battlestar Galactica with 'frak.') So I settled on 'damn.'

DL Hammons said...

That's probably a bit excessive for a MG novel. (just kidding - about it being MG)


Saumya said...

Haha that's awesome. I want to Wordle my novel when it's done. I love the names of your characters!!


Wordle works wonders!

Talli Roland said...

Dear lord, I don't even want to think about Wordling now. I'm pulling my hair out!

Lola Sharp said...

I can't wait to read it, F-words and all.

Happy Weekend!


The Words Crafter said...

That was funny! And very interesting, I didn't know about Wordle...will have to check it out!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Oh, Wordle. What would we do without

Hope you had a great weekend!

Hannah said...

I did that for what I had for my wip and my most commonly used word was the main character's name. Damn third person!

Sarah Ahiers said...

ha! Awesome!
At least you didn't have something like "back" in there. that sucked

Dr. Mohamed said...

It's fascinating that "one" is so far ahead of the pack. Why do you think that is? Are your characters coming together as one? Is oneness a strong, underlying theme?