Be kind, Rewind! #writingtip

A few years ago, my spouse was starting a new job with a new manager and this said manager kept getting frustrated with my spouse. You see, my spouse has a couple common phrases that he says ALL the time and one of those phrases is “Sure, sure.” So every time this manager would ask him to do something, teach him something, whatever, my spouse would respond with “Sure, sure.”

His phrase used to be “you know?”

The point is we each have phrases we tend to use A LOT, whether we want to or not. We do this in speech, we do this in writing, we do this in texting. If you’re texting (or in messenger) with me, I will type lol ALL THE TIME. It drives myself insane, but the habit is there and I do it.

So the other day, I’m editing away at one of my new pretty little novels that I’ve finally finished working and you know what I found? I found a brand new phrase I’ve been using abundantly along with a few I knew I always used.

What are your go to phrases in writing that you constantly put into your piece and don’t even realize it?

I literally keep a list on notepad in my computer of “words to delete” which are these overused words and phrases I keep typing.

My newest one is “to be honest”.

My list?

– begin/began
– start/started
– quick

Our phrases/words can and will change. This is why it is SO IMPORTANT to have someone else read through your piece before it ever gets near publishing. Other people pick up on this stuff, not us. My spouse still doesn’t know he says sure, sure every five seconds of the day.

In editing other peoples works, I’ve put together a list of common words you can easily find to delete/find and rework. Here’s my list for you to start with.

– that
– feel/felt
– says/said
– ask/asked

Start there and then really look for what your personal preferences are in your own work. I guarantee you have them.

A day of rest #ROW80

On Monday I finished NaNoWriMo. On Wednesday I finished the novel. *sigh* I wrote that whole book in 14 days, which is something I have done before but I haven’t done it in a long time. I usually prefer to let it drag out a bit more. For some reason, the novel just wanted to be written, and written as fast as I could go. I probably could have gone faster had I not had a job to work at too.

But I finished a novel in 14 days. Talk about crazy. I started the novel itself a few days before NaNoWriMo but didn’t count any of the words before for NaNo. I’m still even shocked that I wrote a romance novel. I love to read them, but I’ve never been all that interested in writing them. They’ve always moved too slowly for me, but for some reason, this one just sprung from my fingers.

What this means is that I have two novels completed, one in October and on in November, and now I need to edit them both. And that’s where everything is slowing down. One has been stuck in editing, meaning nothing has been sent to beta’s in about 3 weeks now, and it’s frustrating me beyond all else. The second one hasn’t even begun the process yes, but… I don’t want to overwhelm my beta readers. So I’m feeling stuck and overwhelmed with editing.

Not to mention I have 3 copy-edits this month…so editing has become my life and writing has gone to the wayside. I enjoy copy-editing, but I enjoy writing even more. I certainly enjoy editing other people’s pieces far more than editing my own. There’s just more a thrill about it.

I’ve decided, since my fingers wouldn’t leave me along for 14 days, that I’ll be taking a break from writing until tomorrow. So my word counts for this half of the week are nil. But here we go…

1. Write 1667 words a day.

Wednesday: 7767
Thursday: 0
Friday: 0
Saturday: 0

2. keep up with all blog posts ROW80, WIPpet, Open When and add in 1 extra post a week

No extra post this week, and I forgot the Open When post for yesterday, so I guess I’ll do it tomorrow. =P

3. Edit at least one chapter a week on something.

Definitely did this. I did about 200 pages on a copy-edit for Mara White. I did a chapter on the copy-edit for S. K. Hart. I did about 4 chapters of my own with the final run through on those. I just got a new copy-edit in my email on Friday, so I went through the prologue of it last night before bed.

4. crochet one round of border a week

Haven’t done this at all. But I thought about doing it, and I told myself I had to do it, so that’s progress!