The first draft in charts and numbers

Marcin Wichary
Jan 17, 2018 · Unlisted

This is an extended edition of the newsletter where I shared a few charts. The data comes from a combination of my own scripts and a service called

Word count

Types of sentences

Word pair battles

Out of two, which word is more common?

Word types

From I never heard of the word “determiner” before.



Keys mentioned three times or more

All the keys mentioned in the first draft

First draft stats

Words: 317,564
Sentences: 15,935
Words per sentence: 19.93

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.4 (meaning, you need to have finished grade 10 to enjoy this)

Cliché count: 45 (according to

Top 20 words: the, a, and, of, to, in, it, was, that, with, for, on, you, but, as, one, keyboard, or, were, is

Top 20 uncommon words: keyboard (#17), keys (#28), key (#31), typewriter (#33), keyboards (#44), computer (#45), people (#48), typewriters (#56), first (#58), machine (#62), time (#65), typing (#67), computers (#74), new (#76), early (#85), type (#103), today (#104), word (#106), letters (#107), ibm (#113)


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