Like other Americans, I took yesterday off. If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I don’t have a “real” job, so you’re wondering how to take that statement. Unfortunately, I had the day off because I was sick, not so that I could play volleyball on the beach.
My whole body was down and out, but the headache was the worst. I now have the utmost sympathy for migraine sufferers. It was miserable. I never sleep during the day. I just can’t fall asleep, no matter how tired I am. But yesterday I took three naps. Then I slept all night.
The part I liked, was that I had no appetite. No stomach ickiness, just no desire for food. Since I’m a food addict, that was a welcome change. Unfortunately, my appetite is back. I’m trying to not give in. I’m trying to eat just a little bit. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Anyway, very little work was done yesterday, and also? I did not get to see any fireworks. I was looking forward to fireworks and dancing in the park and barbeque. I did however, watch a little baseball on TV.
Today, I came across a post by Marty Halpern, wherein he mentions a software program called SmartEdit. It’s by the same people who do Page Four, which is a nifty program in its own right. Marty is a smart person, so if he recommended it, I thought I’d give it a try. So I downloaded and installed it, which took about a minute, then ran Bridgebuilder through it.
It’s fast. In just a few minutes, it had scanned the entire 90K+ document and presented me with several lists. Things like clichés, repeated words, repeated phrases, adverbs, dialog tags, and “monitored” words – things like it’s/its, there/their, etc.
Do you know, I had no idea I used the word “actually” so much. I foresee major editing in my immediate future. But I’m not sure about everything the program shows. For instance, out of 90K words, is 210 uses of the word “when” too many? What about 181 uses of “eyes”?
And if you know whether that question mark goes before or after the quotation mark, you get bonus points for letting me know.
I’m going to use this program for every new chapter I write, before I submit it to my critique group. They’ll be so happy!