This is one of the worst parts of editing, but it’s a vital step that cannot be skipped.
I actually find I have quite a phrases I tend to repeat: ‘to be honest’ being an example. I must write characters who are truthful. It without the reputation for it considering how often I have to cut it out.
Your WIP is looking respectable. It kicks off with a barbed hook and wraps up with a big fish. You’ve plugged up the plot holes, got the dialog flowing, the pace humming, and planted Chekov’s gun on the mantel. The characters are consistent, motivated, and true to life. The structure can withstand a windstorm.
The time has arrived for a visit from the Word Police,
and they’re a humorless bunch.
This is Step 3 in my editing process, the epitome of tediousness, a procrastinator’s nightmare. This is when writing is unadulterated, grueling toil. It’s time for me to weed out all those lame words, wimpy verbs, and crutch words that add no value to my prose. They’re plain old polyester when I strive for silk.
We all tap ordinary words. This post brims with them. Sometimes they’re the perfect choice, and sometimes there’s no wriggling around them. In dialog, where characterization drives dialect and word choice, an attempt to police your words could prove foolhardy.
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