So, I had a few moments over the last week when I wanted to work on the novel. I really did. It’s just that I’ve got as much work to do at 10pm as I had at 7am, and the baby is finally asleep, and I dunno… that draft is looking pretty brutal right now. I don’t want to use my brain energies. Thought typings. Logic writing. Words. Whatever.
Weeeeell, I found an editing task that would improve my writing without using any brain power whatsoever. I didn’t even find it using brainpower. I found it using my friend Googles. I found this: WEBSITE OF THINGS explaining that, in most instances, I can cut certain words from my writing without losing anything.
And I also found this: OTHER WEBSITE OF THINGS FOR NEXT TIME which tells me other stuff I can fix by simply Ctrl-F’ing for certain words.
I removed about four hundred instances of the the word just. Apparently I just over-use the absolute crap out of that word. I also removed a few hundred reallys, because do I really need that many reallys? Really? Very also got the chop. That is next on the hit-list, because that’s just ridiculous: 1346 THATS!? I’m going to get it down to 500, at the absolute most. So often the sentence could get along with simply removing the that, and other times a quick re-structuring is all that’s required. It’s as simple as that… I mean: It’s simple.
So, please let me know: what are some HURR DURR I FORGOT TO BRAIN things that you do when you want to work on your book without… you know, working on your book?
Would love to know, because I think I’m going to be needing a lot of these over the next few months…