Monday, April 19, 2010
What Did You Find?
But it occurred to me during the revision process what a friend technology has become for the writer. I won't spend a long time here dwelling on the internet, but instead let's look at a simple feature of Microsoft Word. I refer to the "Find" box. By entering the following search terms and examining each occurrence, my writing was stronger. Passive voice...be gone! So what are these words or phrases?
"that", "had been" "seemed" "was" and "and then". Hmmmm...I seem to be missing something here. Ultimately, I've found doing this is more powerful than using Microsoft's pathetic "grammar check".
Unfortunately, I think I neglected to do this for the last part of the manuscript. I hope Chuck isn't reading this.
Oh, and before I forget, consider using Wordle as well. Wordle is a cool little website that allows you to make word clouds. Try pasting an entire manuscript into the box and let the site do it's job.
It is one way of seeing what words you might be overusing and abusing.