The Word on Trends — from Wordle

So, after being totally blown away by the quality (and number) of entries at The Writer’s Voice contest, I joined Kip Rechea ( in her heroic quest to analyze the entries. At least for me, there’s nothing like some good number crunching to distract one from twitter-stalking the judges.

Kip posted an excellent break-down of the 200 entries’ genres earlier today (see above link) with some oh-so-satisfying graphs, so I thought I’d venture into slightly less scientific territory: trends.

And here (in an appropriately less scientific display) is the Wordle with the results of what I found.

Wordle: trends in submissions

Not every entry is represented, but if there was a key ingredient to an entry’s plot (that also happened to be key to another entry’s plot) it got recorded and funneled into the magical Wordle website. (If you’re not familiar with Wordle, the size of the word or phrase represents its frequency.)

And stay-tuned: I think we’re going to be able to churn out a Wordle of all the characters names alphabetized!! How’s that for geeking it up in style?



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10 responses to “The Word on Trends — from Wordle

  1. kiperoo

    ZOMG I love this Wordle as much as the charts! *hugs Wordle* Thanks for posting, Ann!

  2. Wow, this is ridiculously interesting to me, because I am OBSESSED with Wordles when I write. I apparently say the words “just,” “know,” and “like” more often than any human should.

  3. Thanks for being the inspiration (and the workhorse) behind it, Kip!

  4. Wow! Special powers seem to be THE THING lol. My story doesn’t have any of those…or ghosts, for that matter, but only on a technicality.

  5. LisaAnn – I know what you mean! Wordle clued me into the fact that I was using “back” in just about every paragraph of one of my manuscripts. Looked BACK, BACKED up, you name it. Who knew?

    And T.L. – I agree. Special powers were all over the place — I think it’s clear that whatever the power is, it does have to be quite SPECIAL! πŸ™‚

  6. This is BEYOND cool!!!

  7. Betsy

    Aliens, angels, and demons, oh my!

  8. This made me giddy. Now I think one of us needs to write a book with ALL of these things. Ready…go!

  9. Ha! That would be SOMETHING, SueJay. It could start with the ghosts of the aliens having visions about a necromancer dragon. πŸ™‚

  10. Excellent post. I am dealing with a few of these issues as well.


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