Wednesday evening, midnight, I finished writing Elixxir. Let me qualify that. I finished writing the first draft of Elixxir. You see, writing “The End” on a story is every author’s dream, but also our nightmare. Lurking just around the corner of “The End” is a host of steps before publication… A couple of those are REVISION and EDITS. I happen to love revising and editing my work, especially with my editors. However, I cringe when I find I’ve repeated words too much and must replace them with other words. There are repeat offenders that I’ve worked diligently to keep down to a minimum once I’d been made aware of them. But it’s so damn hard sometimes to find the right “other” word. Let me share my old list with you.
So now, although Elixxir is finished, I must start over again to slash and burn, I mean refine and craft the best story ever. I’ve got my tools at hand… my peanut m&m’s and a thesaurus!
**Are there any words in YOUR writing that are overused, repeated ten or more times over the course of a couple of paragraphs? Let’s share and laugh together…