OK, so, here's your special topic for today, because I feel like having a bit of fun... Word Clouds!
What is and how do you make a word cloud? Well, there are a number of sites out there you can use to create a word cloud. 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 link in a website, and it'll create a design of words. The larger the word in the cloud design, the more often it's used in the text you submitted. Got it? Good.
This is awesome not only because it's severely fun and cool looking, and awesome if you want to use it for T-shirts and other publicity stuff, but also because it's a useful tool for a writer. Because 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, because the only book I've completely edited for this is ON THE DAWNING.
So in this post, I'm going to give you a word cloud for each of my currently completed and still on the table novels. Just to demonstrate. Have fun, and don't shy away from making your own! It's really fun.
First, a quick demo: Here's the word cloud that a different website created for my Facebook posts--I found it amusing.
In case you didn't catch that... I really like the Hunger Games. :)
OK, so now on to the book ones, created through the lovely Tagxedo. First, THE ICE ENCHANTRESS'S PLOT.
Aha! There they are! "Looked" and "eyes!" I told you. Just keep looking, you'll see them everywhere.
So next, THE LAST HOPE.
And now THE PSYCHIC STORY.
Annnnnnnd ON THE DAWNING, the first book of THE CHOSEN FOUR.
OK, so they're still there. But I'm still editing. *sticks out tongue*
So, ON THE BRINK.
ON THE RUN.
ON THE OUTSIDE, which is the last CHOSEN FOUR book...
THE PROPHECY KEEPER.
WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL.
And finally, PERISHED, the distant sequel to THE PSYCHIC STORY.
That's it for those! Hope you enjoyed that wonderful image dump of craziness. I highly recommend this stuff. It's great.
See you Wednesday, maybe for another College 101, maybe not. I appear to be running out of rules at last. So perhaps we will move on to a different topic there instead. I've got a couple I could cover.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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