With all the writing we do, that much more time is spent editing.

In editing Legend of the Protectors, my first manuscript, I went through it with a specific task in mind each time.

First, I went through for passiveness, trying to take out as many TO BE verbs as possible and replacing them with stronger vowels. The TO BE verbs are ARE, IS, WAS, WERE… They are sometimes necessary, so don’t take them all out, but if you’re new to this, you will want to see if taking them out won’t make the story stronger.

Some examples:

Passive:  Sam was sitting in the chair watching Andrew.

Active:  Sam sat in the chair watching Andrew.

Okay, I know these are weak, but you get the idea.

Next thing I did was to go through and look for REPETITIVE words. (On both of these use the find/search feature–or you can simple read through, but you’ll see, if you use find, that you’ve missed a lot.)

I had many words, that I wouldn’t think I used tons, used TONS. So if you us SO 352 times, you might want to take some of them out. 🙂

Now, what are some common writing mistakes that you want to avoid? SoYouWanna.com has listed them here for you, and linked to more detail on each one. I will post them again, but encourage you to read the links.

1. MAKE YOUR SUBJECTS AND VERBS AGREE.

2. MAKE PRONOUNS AND ANTECEDENTS AGREE.

3. DON’T MISUSE APOSTROPHES.

4. DON’T USE NOUNS AS VERBS.

5. USE SIMILAR WORDS CORRECTLY. (Like accept and except.)

6. DON’T SPLIT INFINITIVES.

7. STOP MISUSING “HOPEFULLY”. (This is one I just learned. And yep, I have to go fix that one.)

So here you have a place to start. Take things one step at a time, and it will make things easier. And soon, you’ll see the mistakes, and fix them without having to LOOK for them. And one day, as you continue to write and practice your skills, you simply won’t make them.

🙂

Here’s to EDITING!  Good luck!

sarahsig