Writing Tip — 35

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Line by Line Editing

I’m currently doing a major edit of two manuscripts — Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe Volume 1: The Beginning and Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe Volume 2: Discovery. Going through it literally line by line, asking myself what needs to go, what needs to stay, what can be rewritten to make it tighter, allowing a smooth flow. Yes, this is time-consuming, but if you are serious about your work, it’s something you, as a writer, should do.

I’ve been participating in Writers World Boot Camp and have learned a great deal in the past few months. One thing I have earned is what words to search for and get rid of to help tighten the writing and smooth the flow. I still have problems dealing with comma placement, but I am working on that issue.

The following is a list of words to look for and see if they can be removed to cut down on passive writing. I use a program called SmartEdit, which is great for quickly finding these words and going right to the spot in the manuscript to make the change. If these words show up in dialogue, that’s fine, but try and cut them from your narrative as much as possible.

Words to Search for

STAND UP (Redundancy)

SAT DOWN (Redundancy)

AND SAID

WAS

LOOKED

AT

BEING

VERY

REALLY

LOOK

SAW

SMELLED

SHRUGGED HIS SHOULDERS (You don’t need to add His/Her Shoulders)

AND HE

AND SHE

BUT

ARE

WERE

IS

BE

BEEN

IN

SIGHED

NODDED

AM

IS

BE

BEEN

BECAME

BECOME

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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