Amazingly a lot. I’m editing and adding a subplot to my manuscript. One of the things I’ve recently learned about was running a program to check for repetitious words–as if writing wasn’t already a challenge now it’s a good thing to do math! So not my favorite thing!
After I ran the test I found some interesting –oh shall I write this word???? sigh statistics (didn’t like that class in college by the way!0
In a 65k word manuscript I have:
pillows 27 times! How can that be? It’s not a book about a woman who sells them! I will need to work on that!
Over 144 times! I don’t remember using it at all
and then there is a favorite
Shoulder! 725 times shocking!
This makes it sound like my manuscript is pretty awful. It isn’t though and it will be much better once I change things around. Maybe I’ll throw in a few knees and toes in place of those shoulders.
What possessed me to discover this trick? Margie Lawson’s class on Empowering Character Emotions. Margie is an excellent teacher using her whole brain skills in a way that works for right and left brainers. I’m whole brained which is good because I do like organizing and playing with highlighters, and then right brained–love to create things. Just don’t ask me to do any math!