Here's a special topic for today because I feel like having a bit of fun... word clouds!
What is a word cloud? Well, there are a number of sites out there you can use to create one. Just look up "word cloud" on Google and you'll find them. My favorite is Tagxedo because it's easy to create all kinds of pretty formats. What you do is submit either a big block of text from a document or a link to a website, and it'll create a design with words. The larger the word in the picture, the more often it's used in the text you submitted.
This is awesome not only because it's fun and cool-looking for t-shirts and other publicity stuff, but also because it's a useful tool for a writer. You can check and see which words you're using too much! My weakness for "looked" and "eyes" was revealed through this, which today you'll get to see. I'm going to give you a word cloud for each of my WIPs, just to demonstrate. Have fun, and don't shy away from making your own!
There they are! "Looked" and "eyes!" I told you. You'll see them in all the books that need more editing.
Hope you enjoyed that wonderful image dump of craziness! Do you have your own word cloud experience to share?
I appear to be running out of rules for College 101 at last. So perhaps we will move on to a different topic on Wednesday. I've got a couple I could cover.
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