I am working on cutting down my novel since it expanded to 108,000 words and one editor told me that is way too big for a first time author. So, after working so hard to write and checking my word count, I need to cut down. Last night, I cut one chapter and some scenes.
Today, I am working on eliminating overused words.
Rebecca Andrews wrote: The Millennium Phrase Book.
Her website is here:
She made a list of words that are overused. I use the search and find for this in MS Word.
Here are the words she suggests to delete.
about all almost
always eagerly every
finally frequently got
just merely nearly
need never not
often only so
that then very
These words can be removed in most cases.
although appeared at least
began even felt
figured for a moment heard
if nothing else in spite of perhaps
quite rather realized
really saw seemed
sort of started suddenly
in fact that
You can remove And, But or While from the beginning of a sentence.
I cut many words so far. Cutting is worse than writing.
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