Friend o' the Blog Stewart McKie has authored a handy tool to create a word cloud of your script.
Now, you may ask: for why? As Stewart points out, (a) you might discover a theme you didn't think of, and (b) if your biggest word is "goes," you might want to reach for the thesaurus. And let us add (c) it is good silly fun and (d) it is less daunting than actually working on your script.
This is GREAT! Instantly pinpoints all the weak verbs so you can punch 'em up. I dropped James Cameron's TERMINATOR screenplay in there (best thriller script EVAH!) and, bizarrely, the biggest word that pops up is "pulls". Gotta be able to find a more punchy/active verb than that...
I put one of my scripts through this and "pulls" was also the biggest word. I went back and replaced most of them. Is there a way in final draft to count how many times you've used a word?
Actually, looking over many of those clouds, "pulls" seems to be a popular choice.
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