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A quick observation about rereading your own work.

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I ran my short story Americano through SmartEdit. (1,943 words)

Adverbs:

really-4 only-2 carefully absolutely heavily personally certainly (1 each)

Selected Repeated Words:

Owen-16 #1 the protagonist's name, Donna-15 #2 the secondary character's name, that's-10 #5, I'm-9 #7, it's-9 #8, like-8 #10, when-6 #18

Clichés:

Oh my God (the only cliché)

Dialogue Tags (Real ones, not just nearby words where there was no dialogue tag):

said (3)

Sentence Start List:

I-14 He-12 The-10 I'm-7 Owen-7 That's-6 Yes-5 Now-5 It's-5 My-5 She-5

Then I ran through my latest novel, A Time When it All Went Wrong through SmartEdit (the 18 chapters that have been posted). It has 70,470 words. What's most notable:

Adverbs with usage counts 10 and over:

really-49 only-44 probably-38 exactly-37 actually-36 especially-18 mostly-14 finally-11

Repeated words that aren't names or titles with usage counts 200 and over:

like-373 when-260 it's-253 that's-237 going-210 don't-210

Redundancies:

absolutely sure (2) and four others I used once each

Monitored words:

that-851 then-284 just-182 ("that" is 1.2% of the words in this story, and includes the 237 "that's" as well)

Possible profanity:

12 swear words with a total of 29 uses; the most popular are hell and shit at 7 times each, but if you add bullshit and shitty it ups the "excrement" family to 10 times.

Dialogue tags (again, real ones):

said-402 asked-152 told-65 replied-52

Sentence Start List (125 and over):

I-931 We-222 He-203 You-173 The-167 Todd-149 That's-133

Very interesting. I'm definitely going to have to look for "that" "then" and "just" in this story and decide what can be excised.

Colin :icon_geek:

That impresses me as being nothing short of a vivisection.

Definition: Vivisection, the activity or practice of doing scientific or medical experiments on live animals.

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That impresses me as being nothing short of a vivisection.

Definition: Vivisection, the activity or practice of doing scientific or medical experiments on live animals.

Or self-mutilation. (Ugh!)

Colin :icon_geek:

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