I stumbled across this extremely interesting and (probably) useful little tool the other day and wanted to share it with you fine folks.
Every writer has their own personal brand of crack when it comes to overusing words and phrases. Some love "the" others "however", and I personally find it ridiculous how many times I can use the phrase "she couldn't" in a single short story. Anywho, I found a little gadget to help you find your word crutch and kick its verbose little tush.
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Basically, you just copy/paste whatever text you want it to analyze into the little box and it spits out all of this crazy data. It'll tell you the number of sentences you use, how many syllables were used, the most frequently used phrases (starting with 8 words and going down), and even provide a list of every single word you used and count how many times it appears. Is there ever REALLY a need to have the word plethora in a work of fiction? I think not ...
Apparently I have a real thing for the word "the", because in the sample I used it popped up 698 times! (nearly 5% of the words used) Seriously, it's like I'm stuttering with my keyboard or something. I thought you might find some practical use for it, or maybe just use it as an excuse to not do laundry or something.
Hope you're all well!