I don't remember where I saw this earlier*, but someone had a link to EditMinion (from the same people who brought you Write or Die). So, I tried it - you know, just to see what kinds of things it had to say about my writing.
I gave it 819 words to slash to ribbons. And you know what? If I'm reading it right, it gave me a green for Good in all five categories: Adverbs, Weak Words, Passive Voice, Said and Ending With Prepositions. In the details, it caught some things I totally agree with - which is fine because I haven't even edited this WIP yet. And it made two mistakes, both of which were thinking that where I used the word 'began' I was substituting it for 'said'. (I wasn't. But I do need to tighten those up.) I had one 'weak word' and end two sentences with prepositions.
My worst crime was passive voice. Of course. I always need to watch myself for that and it's something I generally need to fix in the edits.
All in all, it was a very encouraging experiment. I haven't even finished this book yet and the EditMinion is telling me I'm doing good. So yay.
Have you ever tried EditMinion? If so, let me know how it worked for you. If not, give it a whirl. It's kinda fun.
* I was just about to update this saying it was Christine Fonseca when she commented saying it was her. Time flies in the blogosphere.