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I came across this clever (and instant) writing diagnostic by way of my friend, Don Lafferty, from Jonathan Maberry's Writer's Coffeehouse Yahoo group. 

It's by Helen Sword, and seems to be something she set up to help promote her book, The Writer's Diet.  You cut and paste up to about a thousand words of writing into the box, hit 'Run the test' and within a few moments you get a fitness report, telling you if you might have overegged the literary pudding with too many 'be' verbs; abstract nouns; prepositions etc. 
 
It's a lot of fun.  I tested my latest thousand-word flash, A LITTLE RETRIBUTION FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, on it and was pleased to find that I'm a lean mean writing machine...type...thing. 

Now, if I could only get the Wii Fit to agree, I'd be well chuffed. 

If you decide to give it a go, let me know how you get on.




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rowyn
Sep. 15th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
I fed my latest (still unposted) entry for delight_in_wt into it, and got back 'lean' on everything but "to be" constructions. (Which wsere "needs toning.") Which surprised me, since I generally regard Delight as unduly long-winded and rambly. I guess not in ways this tested for. :)
jongibbs
Sep. 15th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
It's an interesting tool. It made me think, which is always good.

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