If you haven’t run across Wordle before, it’s a fun little site where you can paste in some text and it will create a picture based on how frequently you use particular words in the text. For example, the current draft of Gears of Wonderland (as at the end of NaNoWriMo) produces the following picture.
(James and Kara are the names of the main character and his companion). The site has a huge number of layouts that you can cycle through (at random), and is a good bit of fun.
Of course, it does have a useful side. It gives you a quick graphical way to see if you’re overusing any words. A quick look at the picture above suggests that I like to use asked, back, ship and looked quite a bit (Lahire and Torre are also used a lot, but they are also names). So those words will be ones I’ll have to be aware of when it comes to revising, to make sure I’m not overusing the words.