Omigosh! You have to try this!

Like Kristina Stanley, who keyed me into this site… I may be behind the times and maybe everyone else knows about Wordle.  But if you don’t you just have to try it!

You load something you’ve written into it, and it gives you a visual representation of the frequency of your words.  The bigger the word, the more you use it.  You can then click on the randomize button, and it will show you different configurations.  It’s different pictures of your words!

I loaded my entire blog just for the fun of it.  This is what I came up with.

I guess I use the word “like” a lot.  Tee Hee.  “Brian” and “Mom” must appear because of my “Cricket Riders” posting.

As Kristina suggested, this has a practical use, too.  You can upload a chapter of your novel, and see if you overuse any words. This is what I came up with when I loaded Chapter 4 of my novel.  If you want to see it bigger, click on the picture.

It’s dead on, because Magellan is the main character, and Meagan is the only other person in the scene.  They are talking to each other through a locked door, and he is begging her to “please” don’t go.

This could be addictive.  Great idea, Kristina!

17 responses to “Omigosh! You have to try this!

  1. I love this, too.

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  3. This was very interesting. Apparently I use “eyes” almost as much as I do my main character names.

  4. Soooo cool!! I have never even heard of this but I totally LOVE it! Woot woot…thanks for sharing the wealth!

  5. I love trying the different options, making different pictures with the words. So much fun!

  6. Very cool, thanks for sharing! Now I need to figure out why the word “per” is so large in my wordle from my blog… But I am gonna use my wordle to get a blog post towards my ROW80 goal, is that cheating???


  7. They have this automatically on Live Journal.

    I do find it very useful there

  8. Jennifer did you have to save the image to the public gallery before you could copy it to your blog?

  9. It *is* addicting — It’s fun and it’s art. I’ve tried it a few times, now I’m going to have to immerse myself in it again!

  10. Hey, Jennifer. I love using Wordle as an edit tool. AFTER I get past playing with layouts and font options and color palettes, I use it to edit. Before I get past those three hurdles? My productivity…well…it’s not-so-hot.

    The first time I input a chapter, the biggest word was BACK. Huh? It sent me on a “search and destroy” mission for what I didn’t KNOW was one of my filler words. Walk back, lean back. jump back. look back, fall back, ACK back.

    I also test the scene for power words. Are there enough of them? It’s super easy to spot “ly” and “ing” words. (Which I fix if I can.)

    Since I write in two POVs (H/H), I print the wordle results for each. If they look too similar, I have a problem with my voice over-writing the character’s.

    The word cloud filters out most filler words. Margie Lawson (AWESOME craft instructor) hates the use of “as” in the context of, “she flipped a pancake as she flipped him the bird.” Hmm. She may let me get away with that one,

    BUT generally she thinks the actions should be separated. So, I also get the full list of words filtered out and scan them for the number of times each is used–especially the “as” word. GREAT way to find those pesky fillers.

    GREAT post! Awesome tool.

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  12. Thanks for the mention. Seems to me we are starting to have a bit of fun along with all the hard work.

  13. ok, this is addicting. I just put in Chapter 6 and the 4 words that came up the most were David, Charlotte, Eric and Sestian. All I can say is ‘YES’! This is exactly what I wanted. I’m going to use this site a lot. It’s fun! Thanks for sharing.