Unfortunately, after hours of staring at a chapter, all the words tend to run together. Oh, I thought, if only there was a way to find the words I don't know I'm repeating. I didn't know where to find such information--until now.
Today I stumbled across wordle.net. All you have to do is copy and paste a bunch of your manuscript into their special box, and the site creates a word cloud with the words you use the most being the biggest. I plugged in my second chapter, and look what happened:
I enlarged the picture a little so you can see it better, but it's still blurry. Anyway, I've been over and rewritten this chapter several times, but there's still work to do. From this Wordle I see that I need to check my chapter for the words "looked," "back," "just," and "little," to see if I can cut some of them. I may run a couple of the other words through as well. (Not with a sword, but with the find and replace function--though I may feel like using a sword by this point!)
If you try this, please let me know how you like it! I have a feeling that Wordle and I are going to be good friends.