Thursday, 4 February 2010

The First Edit of Chapter One (I)

I have done the first edit for chapter one - I am already thinking about the next edit - breaking down into scenes - looking deeper.



I have used wordle to help me first, create a nice pattern out of the words in chapter one but second, to also help me see which words I over use (ones in the big font) - ouch 'LIKE' is one. Must remember to stop using it too often.

Now, back to the second chapter.

7 comments:

Jessie Carty said...

i have used wordle a few times and now i am tempted to do it with the 2nd poetry manuscript i am working on. i be the word SO would be very prominent :)

Jessica said...

I must use 'Like' more than I thought!

green ink said...

I see "apron" in there too - how intriguing!

Hope all is going well with the editing. x

Steph said...

A first draft of anything is often thick on repetitions. I find that the best course of action is to get your ideas on paper and clean up later. I think that using Wordle is an excellent idea as well, as repetitions often tend to jump out mostly if within the same page.

Not long ago I was editing a short story that had three hundred occurrences (out of 7,000 words) of 'Head of State'. Good grief...! You know those semi-glam ads that tell you proofreaders (and editors) have great jobs because they get to read for a living? We don't read for a living! We get to pull teeth out of a geriatric cat with a pair of tweezers!

Jessica said...

Hi Green Ink - Wordle have picked alot of the words that make it sound like a domestic novel - but it's actually set in the future...

Hi Steph
Wow - three hundred - that's a big chunk of the word count!

liesbet said...

I've never heard of wordles, hehe. Is it a Mac application? I'm doing a corpus linguistic study on the language used in fiction. I use a tool called WordSmith (by Mike Scott) to find patterns across texts, kinda like a sophisticated wordle...

Jessica said...

Wordles is a website - I copied and pasted my text into the textbook and it finds the most frequently used words to create the pattern. I know it works on the PC and also MAC.