Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The new book - using Wordle


If you go to Wordle, you can paste your whole book in and see which words you use - and overuse. This is Baby's Bones:
I think it's pretty! The book is coming on well. Obviously, it's about Sage (did you guess?) but I will look at just how many times I use certain words like back, like, woman and voice.

I'm busy editing my book in the mornings, then working on my father-in-law's book in the afternoon. He's a cartoonist, and he worked for the kind of comics I enjoyed in the 1970s as a kid. Sadly, comics are dying out. The Dandy, for example, has just folded because it had a print run of less than 8000. It's hard to edit someone else's book but it does show me how much I have learned in the last few years. Making a manuscript into something that can be published as a book is a set of skills that I seem to have picked up over the last few years. The voice in the book is lovely, by the way, just like the man himself.

Meanwhile, A Baby's Bones is proving much easier to edit - I should have readable versions for my beta readers by the end of the month.

10 comments:

  1. I think this is just amazing! One to put on the wall. Art imitating Art.

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  2. Send Bones immediately it's finished!

    If I was in the habit of ordering people about, I might suggest that was some sort of command or edict, but I can't quite bring myself to go that far; on the other hand, I am very, very serious!

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    1. I like direct, that's how I see 'Send Bones...'! I'm really enjoying editing, now I've (finally) worked out how to do it!

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  3. Wow! That looks like a really cool tool. Plus it's so pretty that it looks like it would break the news gently. Good luck with your revisions!

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    1. Thanks Caryn. Defintely a fun way to find the words you overuse! I love your blog, good luck with those cucumbers, everything's been drowned in our rotten British summer.

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    1. Thank you Glynis! It's very exciting to be at the end of a book, isn't it!

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  5. it looks like some of those subway art signs you see all over the place now days :) very neat

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