I’ve used Wordle before to help me create character sketches. I’d plug in words describing traits of my characters to create a word collage which — don’t ask me how — helped me see those characters more fully. Plus it’s fun.
Thanks to Martha Brockenbrough (who passed the idea on from Greenwillow editor Martha Mihalik ), I have a new use for this word toy. Martha Bee used it to analyze her word choices (pet words/flabby words), but I had a slightly different goal. I pasted in the first few pages of my WIP and, voila, I could see whether the right details popped out at me.
I was pleased that they did indeed, even though they’d been randomly enlarged/arranged by the program. Kind of spooky, really. But it was also nice affirmation that I may finally have nailed the opening of this book.
Being a hopeless techno-dweeb I couldn’t figure out how to share my wordle with you but you’ll have more fun, anyway, going to the site yourself and giving it a whirl.
Warning: set the timer otherwise you’ll play there all afternoon.