Thursday, March 28, 2013

On Writing: A Word Cloud

I made "word clouds" out of pieces from a short story collection I'm working on. The site I used builds the clouds based on how often a word appears in a work. It's interesting to see the character names and themes rise out of the cloud, along with evidence that I use "nodded" way too often in a couple of these.

The Chicken Spot




Blue

The Ass Kicking
Bones
Married to the Sea

Plow On Through
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6 comments:

  1. I've seen this employed for Facebook statuses...but this is much, much cooler!

    (And yes, the prominence of "nodded" is actually pretty amusing after the third or fourth cloud.)

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    1. It's like every character has some kind of nervous twitch ... must revise.

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  2. These are great! Where do I sign up?

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    1. If you click on "word clouds" up there, it will take you to the site. Hours of fun.

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  3. So cool. Rob, you are my unsung mentor. * These would make writerly gifts if printed & framed. I feel a Pinterest post coming!

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    1. You can make all kinds of changes to the layout, too.

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