I stumbled across a ridiculously awesome website called Wordle — where, basically, you enter a block of text and the gadget creates a visual diagram of your most frequently used words. So I took my latest novel, the one I’m constantly querying, and figured out that I love, in no particular order, the words “okay,” “eyes,” “hand” and “just.” And Ben, too. My main male character gets a lot of love in this book.
It’s really interesting to see how often I really use random, seemingly insignificant words like “something,” “really” and “around.” I’m kind of obsessed with this thing.
Here’s one I did for “Stop This Train”:
And one for “Still,” one of my favorite songs by Matt Nathanson:
Anddddd, last for tonight (before I’m up until 3 a.m. creating Wordles and getting no sleep at all), Coldplay’s “Warning Sign”: