Wordle Time!


I’ve completed draft four of  The Midwife’s Confession (well except for the epilogue), so it’s time to see how it looks on Wordle! Wordle helps me see what words I’ve overused. Of course the character names (and there are a lot of them!) are all over the place. Noelle, front and center, is the midwife. I can see that I’ve overused “just” which is a typical problem of mine. Also “like”. I’ll look for those words as I work on the final draft, but since the book is entirely first person . . . well, people say “just” and “like” a lot.

Tonight I’ll work on the epilogue and one chapter in the middle that’s been driving me bonkers. Tomorrow I start the read-aloud, which will help me catch any remaining problems, I hope. And then I’ll be done!

The Lies We Told is available for preorder now. And watch for my online signing the first week in June!


  1. Debbie hearne on May 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I just pre-ordered my copy! Yahhhhhh!!

  2. Margo on May 6, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Happy Day Diane!…you’re nearing home stretch and I know you’ve done a remarkable job as usual…almost time for you and John to go out and celebrate! (-O:

  3. Margo on May 7, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Diane, today’s Friday and I have a feeling you’ve finished the draft…I’m going to say ‘congratulations’ in hopes I’m right.

  4. Diane Chamberlain on May 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Thank you for your faith in my, Margo, but you’re WRONG! LOL. I will make my Monday deadline, however, and have time to see Wicked on Sunday as well.

    I have 100 pages left in my “read-aloud” edit. I still need to polish the epilogue, and I’ve decided to add a 2-page “extra-epilogue” (you’ll see what I mean eventually). If I have some spare time, I want to work a little harder on one of the voices. It’s stronger toward the front of the book than the back, so I want to beef it up. And THEN I’ll be done. Right now, though, I’m just happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel AND to be able to say that I really like the book!

  5. Margo on May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Diane…remember the photo of you walking with your arms in the air and Keeper right behind you…I love it because it shows how happy you are and how joyful you must be when the novel is DONE!!…pure joy…I DO have lots of faith in you and that feeling of pure joy is just around the corner. (-O:

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