I tried to use the Word Counter program to find out what the 25 most popular words in my unpublished manuscript are, but when I copied my "text" (80 pages) into text box it overwhelmed the system. All the screen could tell me popped up in a little box singing "Error 003 Please Try Again Later."
My manuscript does not want its words counted.
It doesn't want me or anyone to know what words I'm obsessed with. It doesn't want me to know because I would take whatever it told me and turn it into a way to feel like I'm a shitty writer who chooses shitty words.
And it doesn't want you to know because you'll think you know what kind of book it is by reading just 25 words of it.
My hunch about the 25-most popular words in my not-yet-out-in-the-world book:
and fuck you
Or, who knows? Maybe lake takes the cake. Or drift. Maybe, because I have a poem where I repeat America fifty times, America wins.
I don't necessarily believe America should win.
Surely an insect or insect part is up toward the top. And astronaut. And probably insulation or installation.
But fuck, what if fuck is in the top ten? Fuck very well could be in the top 10. So could god. So could cloud. So could leveler. So could love.
Die and said are probably close to the top. And tantrum.
All kidding aside, I really want to know definitively, not speculatively, what these words are. I will keep trying and report back later.