Wednesday, July 15, 2009

RiP Wednesday

I thought of posting a picture of a tombstone. I resisted the temptation.

I've eliminated as many that's as I can. I have italicized and bolded the following words: just, like, and fact. As I work my way through the document, chapter by chapter, I eliminate the words if possible. If not, they stay where they are . . . at least until an editor tells me to remove them.

I've revised my way through the first four chapters and eliminated about 3,000 words. Woo-hoo!

That's it for this post. Brief. Too the point! Have a great day.



Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Now, "that" is great!

B.J. Anderson said...

Woo hoo! Keep up the good work! Along with "just," I have to do a search and destroy for "only" and "all," both of which I use WAY too much.

Michelle McLean said...

oooo, yeah, I use "just" way too much. Also, with this particular WIP, the word "headed" when I'm talking about my characters going somewhere. I highlighted them and was stunned how many times that word popped up. Delete key here I come!! :D

Scott said...

Tricia - I'm getting there, slowly but surely, one chapter at a time! Too bad I skipped that 'Speed Revising' class. : )

BJ - thanks. Oh, and 'thanks' for adding two more words to my list.

Michelle - I'm headed home this evening to add another word to my list. SIGH! My charcters head to the bar, the bathroom, the restaurant, the parking lot, the bedroom, the kitchen, and so many other places. Oh, and they also walk 'toward' many a place. Perhaps I'll only search for those words if I'm desperate. Yeah, that's it, only if I'm desperate.

Thanks for the comments/support every one!


Rebecca Knight said...

YAAAY! Gooooo, Scott! :D