So, I was reading a blog post over at Addicted to Books and I came across this awesome tool. It’s a site that allows you to go in and enter your ms and then it makes this word cloud for you. The bigger the word, the more it’s used. Obviously, I have an MC. Anyway, the other thing it does is to give you a list of every single word and how many times you used it. I glanced through the entire list and was pleasantly surprised. Any word that I’d really used a lot was “a” or “and” or something like that. After all the editing I did to cut overused words, that made me happy (not that there aren’t a few words I could still cut — as a beta recently pointed out).
Another tip Angie had in that same post was to highlight all the “-ly” in the entire manuscript. Then you can see if there are too many adverbs. Now, this does include a lot of words like family and only and stuff, but it does work for the adverbs too. What a great idea for editing. She has a few others if you want to go check it out.