The popularity of last week’s post on the phrase counter set me on a journey to find something that would do the same sort of “counting” but instead focus on single word usage instead of phrases.
Use this link to the Word Counter web site and run your WIP (work in progress) within its walls.
As before I ran the Guidelines page on my web site in this counter. In a 1,278 word document I use the word “proposal” 21 times and the word “book” 20 times. Not abnormal considering the nature of the article.
So I tried to run the full text of a public domain edition of the book Of the Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’Kempis (62,000 words) and it could not seem to handle it. Instead I tried only the first 5,000 words and discovererd that the word “God” is used 51 times, “man” 51 times, “good” 35 times, and “temptation” 22 times…in only the first 5,000 words.
So while I know this works just fine with smaller slices, your entire manuscript may not work as easily.
What words have you overused in your manuscript?