Via Cheryl Klein's very thorough book: SECOND SIGHT.
(p. 295, if you're looking it up)
Paste your entire manuscript into this word counter and see how often you've used a word. Cheryl recommends it as potentially revealing a hidden theme or image to expand on during revision.
I, of course, used it to show how many times I've OVER-used a word.
The Phrase Counter tab was particularly revealing...
74 uses of THE FRONT
60 of NEXT TO
I've got a lot of fronts going on. Steps, porches, sidewalks.
And those were just 2-word phrases.
When I changed it to 3?
I mean, really? Sixteen IN FRONT OFs?
Yikes. Off to revise. Thanks, Cheryl...
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