The Shrinking 'Just' Challenge Results


After doing some heavy word cloud analyzing last week, I decided to pose a challenge: that all submitters cut, delete, and destroy all unnecessary usage of the word 'just' from their scenes. Well, the challenge is now closed, and the results are in. Here is the comparison: 

The cloud as of last week: 

The post-challenge cloud:



Do you need a closer look to be sure? No problem, I've got one:


The difference is downright palpable. Notice how the 'w' now towers over the 'j' like a tall person in front of a medium-height person. Excellent work everyone! Thanks for all of your hard work. I hope you have a newfound sense of authorial pride flowing through your bones. 

The winners of the Liar Writing Challenge will be announced on the blog next week. 

In the meantime, our next writing challenge is open and ready for submissions (and possibly more word cloud fun). Go
here to submit to The Memory Challenge. For this one, authors must write a short scene where an object induces a strong memory for a character.  

What will your memory be? 

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  1. Oh gosh! I expected the "just" to be a lot smaller! Yes, it did go down, but I think we could have done better.
    Very interesting though. I'd love to have a word cloud for each of my novels and see what words I tend to use the most. Is there a place we can do this ourselves?

  2. You can go to to make your own! Just paste in your novel's text and bam!

  3. Thank you. I'm excited to try it with one of my novels.

  4. I don't think it's just a matter of pasting in your novel's text and bam. The site doesn't seem to have a place for pasting anything into it. Once we get there, what do we need to click on in order to do it?

  5. Try this one out instead, it's the one that I used:


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