Ever wonder about what your writing is made up of?
How many similes have you used? Does the world special show up every paragraph, or was that just your imagination?
When I'm revising my writing, or just stuck in a paragraph, I find a tool called Count Wordsworth really, really helpful! I found this tool (surprise, surprise) while doing some writing revision with Google, and it has made my writing life more enjoyable, in some ways.
What is Count Wordsworth? Basically, its a fancy word counter. Rather than just counting your words, it also gives you more insight into your writing. Let's take a look!
I tried used Count Wordsworth with this excerpt from Etta and Otto and Russel and James, which I just finished reading recently:
The letter began, in blue ink,
I’ve gone. I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there. Don’t worry, I’ve left you the truck. I can walk. I will try to remember to come back.
Let's see what Wordsworth tells us!
First, it gives you a ton of different stats!!
My favorite ones here are the "cliche" and "to be" counters! These are two things that can be total writing pitfalls that I sometimes fall into while writing, so it's good for me to be aware that they're there during the revision process.
Another useful one is the number of printed pages, if you're like me and don't like to write essays in Word, but would rather move them to a document later.
Depending on what you're trying to accomplish, you can use different stats from here to improve your piece!
Next, it lets you know if you're all over the place, or too heavy in one place!
If you're trying to balance two perspectives, the 'what person' percentage stats can be really helpful. Above that, the most used words and phrases can help you know if you say "cool" or "great" more than is reasonable.
Last, interesting tidbits!
While the reading levels are just beta'd, you can know if your piece intended to be for kids is way too difficult for them. Also, you can find out how many words per sentence you average, which might not be that important, but can be interesting nonetheless!
I hope this helps!
I don't want to recommend exactly how to use these features, because depending on where you are in your writing and revision, or depending on what you're trying to accomplish, this might be very different! Still, I think it's a really cool tool to work with while writing, so try to enjoy it!
Let me know what you think of dear Count Wordsworth ^^