* more from the land of editorainia today....
hey, I'm going through it, so why not drag a few friends, right?
This past week made me take some serious time with "that" word.
no...nothing naughty (I write squeaky clean middle grade, remember?)
I'm talking about the actual word that.
I overuse it and misuse it and abuse it terribly (or, so I am learning)
Let me give you some examples from my novel we're editing:
they knew that curiosity would bring people out...
trying to sound friendly despite the wet heat that was streaming down her back of her neck
now take 'that' out for our after versions:
they knew curiosity would bring people out
trying to sound friendly despite the wet heat streaming down the back of her neck
better, right? I had no idea I was even doing this. In fact, if you asked me, I would swear I was not because the after lines seem so obvious.
You may not realize it either!
Consider taking your next writing session and use the "find" function on word. Type in "that" and then look at each one and ask if it can be removed to clean up the manuscript.
Question: Did you know THAT this can be a problem spot for writers? hehehe... I'm cracking myself up here. Lame humor, I know ... but it's all I got