Writing It Right with Wordle.net

Breathing new life into an older manuscript (Chasing Destiny) brought me to Wordle.net

Writers . . . do you want to know your most commonly used words in a chapter?

Writers . . . Do you know your most common words in your blogs, newsletters, query letters?

Here’s how to find out:


WORDLE is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to your own desktop to use as you wish.’

Wordle.net is a FREE Service that doesn’t demand any Google Chrome EXT additions.

However – WORD ON INSTALLATION – you’ll need Java RunTime in order to access Wordle, and you will need to download the 32bit version (actually, shows as X86 on the Java download site, which is old school for 32bit). My laptop is roughly a year old and the Win 10 version on my system is 64bit. Just be aware that you might need to handle this conversion depending on which version of Windows is loaded to your desktop/laptop, and which BIT size as well. If Java is currently downloaded to your system, Wordle should open. Also, there is a Wordle trouble-shooting help guide. I used Internet Explorer – not EDGE – just good ole Explorer to access Wordle, and it worked perfectly. Hopefully, these install tips will ease your Wordle path.

Pssst – any program that demands a Google Chrome EXT should be handled with extreme caution. 

Check for reviews or malware alerts on these programs before you complete install and allow the EXT full access. You might find your browser taken over by the EXT . . . never a good result.


Through the Wordle process, my nemesis of ‘back’ revealed its ugly redundancy, and I dived into the chapter to obliterate its overuse.

The point of this exercise is to make certain – that you, the author – are fully aware of the most commonly used words, and phrases, in your writing.

Does the Wordle picture reflect the language that should float to the top like wonderful cream?

Or have you fallen into a vocabulary trap where the same tired words appear over and over?

Wordle is a bit of visual creativity to color our written world of black-and-white.

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