Watch the video below and use the macro to generate a list of all the words in your book. Sort this list by frequency. For each, or almost each, word, search for it in Word and as you go through each token, see if that word is best in this context, whether it is used too frequently or repeats in close proximity to its brethren. If a different word would work better, replace it with a synonym (such as with the help of a thesaurus) or rephrase the sentence.

Stronger words often sound better, e.g., in “they provide three arguments…” “provide” is a wimpy word, see if “bring to bear,” “marshal,” or “adduce” is superior.

Search for “serv” (or “serv[ei] using wildcards) to highlight “serve,” “serves,” “service,” and so on. Once you’re through, delete the lines with these in the list so you don’t duplicate your efforts later.

A book is a complex ecosystem, and all the words in it should “live in harmony” with each other. This helps.

Since you only need to do this once per book, you don’t need to save this macro with the file, you can save, add and run the macro, then reopen the file without saving.

I was only able to use this method on two of my books, on Rawls and Cohen, because it is so time-consuming and tedious. It was worth it because I made many hundreds of improvements to them with this invention. At some point, however, the marginal costs exceeded the marginal benefits, and I decided to stop.

If you want to call it the Chernikov technique, I won’t mind.

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