I made it in Wordle.
Okay, everyone, remember back in September of last year when I blogged about how you can use Wordle to edit your works-in-progress? I specifically asked the question:
Do you use fiction's "meaningless words" too often:
apparently, very, or really?
Right then. Please observe the concordance/word cloud that Wordle gave me after I pasted in the text of James Franco's short story that recently appeared in Esquire. (I excluded all character names from the Wordle for this exercise.)
Authors, the words LIKE and JUST should under no circumstances be that prominent in your writing. I would also suggest you read your stories aloud at some point, which will make it that much more likely that you notice such clunkers as "black gaping gap" (paragraph seven).
Oh, and be glad that you aren't famous enough that Esquire accepts your stories in such condition, thereby exposing you to internet ridicule (Le R. and Salon, respectively).
Now go enter my contest! A lovely chapbook and amazing fudge recipe await the winner!