Today I discovered the Holy Grail for Diction assessment. (Diction, you remember, is word choice.)
The Pro Writing Aid finds common diction faux pas such as:
- Overused words
- Sentences that are all the same length
- “Sticky Sentences”—I’d never heard that title before, but it’s a way of determining wordiness, specifically when sentences use too many short, common words. I love it.
- Clichés and Redundancies
- Repeated words and phrases
- Deadwood and Jargon (they call it simply “Diction”)
- Vague or Abstract words
- Complex words
- Poor Pacing
- Dialogue tags
Just for fun, I analyzed the blog that will be posted on Friday. Blogs are more conversational, so they will include more clichés, and a blog about plotting is going to repeat a lot of words (like Confrontation, Elation, Collapse, and Gloom—the subjects I’ll be covering on Friday). Still, this little program is SUPER DUPER NIFTY.
And it’s free.
Try it out here with some of your own text, and comment below with your results. What do you need to work on? What do you want more information about? Future blog posts may be devoted to your topic, but I won’t know what you want unless you tell me!