Alice Pope at www.cwim.blogspot.com referenced a word counting tool at Write Words, a Writer's Community website http://www.writewords.org.uk/ that I tried on my longest manuscript. It's easy to do; just paste in your manuscript and in a flash (actually quicker than a flash), it counts the number of incidences of words or phrases. After I got over the number of incidences of the word "the" (YIKES!), I looked for "was" "were" and other "to be" inactive verbs. I did a better job on those than I did the dreaded "the" (see, I did it again!) http://www.writewords.org.uk/word_count.asp Try it!
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author, writer-cheerleader, and mentorship matchmaker.