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The writing program yWriter has this function. yWriter is basically a downgraded version of Scrivener for Windows. It allows you to create multiple scenes and rearrange them easily. It will also analyze those scenes or the entire document for word usage, word goal, etc.
This is a pretty classic example of antithesis: a figure of speech in which an opposition or contrast of ideas is expressed by parallelism of words that are the opposites of, or strongly contrasted with, each other, such as “hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all" [NOAD] There is additionally a slight chiastic structure, a reversal of order: "I ...
Bing search for word frequency gets these two promising programs. Not for Word documents, but that's not a huge problem since you can save as text or copy-paste. http://wordfrequencycounter.com/ Another: http://www.primitivezone.com/primitive-word-counter.html I'm actually writing a writing app for Windows now. It'd be pretty easy to add frequency in as a ...
This isn't precisely what you're looking for, but it's interesting: http://www.wordle.net/
Citing the GCMS High School Media Center (highlighted by me) Changes must not be made in the spelling, capitalization, or punctuation of the quote. So it looks like you have to find another way.
Try http://tvtropes.org. It's an exhaustive list of tropes and idioms and written in kind of a smart-alecky tone, but among the snark there's genuinely useful analysis.
You know that you have an important question when your topic already has a recognised acronym NDW. However it is typically used in the medical field rather creative writing. It appears to have arisen from the rehabilitation of patients with brain injury such as stroke. The University of Albert Department of Linguistics has a fairly extensive discussion on ...
Here's a link for movies. John Truby's analysis of many Hollywood movies. http://www.truby.com/reviewarc.html
It depends how much you want to get into it and how big the project is. If it's finding only identical phrases or text, most word processors support this, and finally a lot of programming ide's support regular-expression searching (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regular_expression). On the other hand if you are looking to find reworded or similar paragraphs ...
This is one of the main functions of the program, ClicheCleaner, which highlights passages in your text that are either cliches, other overly-used common expressions, or phrases of your own that you have repeatedly used within the same document. ClicheCleaner includes a list of nearly 7000 unique cliches and common expressions that are compared against your ...
As @user3467349 states, regular expressions (regexes) are your (complicated) friend. There's quite a learning curve involved, but it's worth it if you have to do any significant amount of text searching or modification. Many tools support their use (and some use slightly different dialects for their syntax). If you have access to a Linux system (where it ...
M.Y.T.H. Inc. comes to mind, and possibly Dinotopia. H.P. Lovecraft's work, while more focused on horror, contains elements of both fantasy and science.
While I can't answer the "big" question of an average, I can answer the smaller question of whether anyone's heard/seen anything on the subject before. If anyone has answered a question like this I would assume it would be Franco Moretti or someone doing similar computational research into the statistical profiles of large literary corpora. Wired did an ...
Scrivener, a program by literature and latte, will help with this. This is just one of the features--it's super-advanced and a complete lifesaver for anyone writing anything. I use it for scripts and novels, and sometimes just for its organization and fullscreen for my papers. It's amazing. Free trial lasts a while, but it's always in beta so you can usually ...
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