Greeting From Under the Willow,
Beginning next Tuesday, June 5th, I’ll be having guest interviews each Tuesday. July 3rd will be the exception due to the July 4th holiday. Be sure to pop over and read the interviews and meet the authors.
In the meantime, I wanted to share with everyone Sharon Ledwith’s blog from this morning. It contained some valuable editing insight from her editor. You can read the interview HERE.
I decided to start with the first piece of information about the word “as.” It’s one of those words we should try to use as little as possible. Okay, I thought. I’ll use word find to see how often I use it and if I am guilty of overuse. I typed in the word and over 2,000 instances popped up. It seemed impossible that I used the word that often. What I found out was my word program not only found the word “as” but every word containing those two letters. A little clicking on different options finally led me to be able to select the option where only the exact word was highlighted. That dropped the number below 500. It was suggested in the blog piece that we should lose at least half of the words. 250 words. That seemed doable. At least they are highlighted and I don’t have to search for them. Editing is such fun, but it is wonderful that editors and successful writers share their tips with us. Each tip makes us better writers. Don’t forget to check out Sharon’s blog for more tips. Can anyone guess what I’ll be doing this weekend? J
Keep writing and blessings,