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Most used words

I’d forgotten all about the nifty WordCounter tool until today it popped back into my head. I have put together a bunch of my flash fiction and was curious to see if there were any over used words. I tried to guess what those words might be. “Salt” maybe, I know I use that quite often. But nope, my most frequently used word was “look” followed by “one” “back” “over” and “go”. It was only after I sent my manuscript off that I realised if I put those most used words together they form a message.  “Go look back over one.”

Oops.

I also favour “say” “think” “get” “want and “watch” which I think flows quite well. As does “head” and “down.”

My list of 25 ends with “mouth” “little” “hand.”

What are yours?

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  1. oo how exciting, I have just had a little play on this.. my top five words in a bunch of my most recent writing were…way walk said love rain

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  2. and my top five from my chapbook are… want hand night skin sayI could play with this all day!

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  3. I love your fives, they sound beautifully poetic, Annie.

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  4. I'm going to try this. Sounds like fun. Figure I'll find a lot of "little" "just" and "that."Thanks for finding this.

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  5. my top five areriver, one, look, back, howthis is very interesting, i'd never heard of word counter before..thanks!

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  6. where do you find this device? I know about word count in Words, but it just counts the words, not WHAT the words are …

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  7. Too funny… and right!! Am a little scared to check what my top five are, but I will!

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  8. Gay – how did you find it? I'd love to know your five.Niamh – niiiice! Glad you like it.Louise – just click on the link in my post and that should take you there. Cool innit?Vicky – erm, not Vicky from the BM? It would be very cool if you are! But it's ok if you're not ; )

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  9. How exciting!Speak to me! How on earth are you?

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  10. Have emailed you – I hope…

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  11. Thanks!my words are:look back said one yeardidn't realise that "look" was such a common word

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