Tinpoet's Saturday Book Scene
Wordsmiths, meet statistician Ben Blatt ... Who loaded thousands of books into a computer and analyzed words and phrases of some of our favorite authors, to see who used what words the most, among other things. Personally, I'll let you judge the overall worth in this - you can argue that it serves as a how-to or how-not-to guide - but it certainly is a lot of fun.
Among my favorite "author's favorite words" ...
Mark Twain: hearted, shucks, satan
Jane Austen: civility, fancying, imprudence (Story checks out, right?)
Ernest Hemingway: concierge, astern, cognac (Yuuup.)
Vladimir Nabokov: mauve, banal, pun (As Blatt points out, Nabokov had synesthesia, a condition that caused him to associate various colors with the sound and shape of letters and words. "Mauve" was his favorite: He used the word at a rate that's 44 times higher than the rate at which it occurs in the BYU sample of written English.)
More seriously, there are lessons, especially in terms of cautionary stats like: "Male authors of classic literature are three times as likely to write that a female character 'interrupted' than male characters."