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Jassy Mackenzie

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Word Clouds (or: how to have fun and waste time on a Friday afternoon)

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Reading agent Nathan Bransford’s blog, I have just learned about an extremely useful publishing function – word clouds. This nifty site is at www.wordle.net. Paste in the text of your novel, short story, nasty letter to Telkom, or whatever… and it creates a word cloud. The most commonly used words will appear biggest. This is also a good way of seeing what words appear most frequently in your novel – I guess if “interjected” is the largest one, you have some editing to do!

Featured above is the word cloud for Stolen Lives, the next Jade de Jong novel.

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://sveneick.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sven</a>
    Sven
    October 16th, 2009 @14:20 #
     
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    Thanks Jassy, fun tool to play with - interesting how it brings up the core ideas of texts.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    October 16th, 2009 @14:26 #
     
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    Hmn - soon as I'm on a computer that doesn't block this site I will play. I know which words will be biggest on the work-in-progress, and it won't be publishable.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    October 16th, 2009 @16:00 #
     
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    Fascinating idea for the editor in me. Can't wait to try it out on my unpublishable baby (the Phid).

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