And after I have finished Flirty and Red,
I will begin Kristoff's story!
I'm beyond thrilled to have a home for these works and can't wait to see what happens next.
In the meantime, though, I'm working on Getting There with hopes of sending it to Extasy. One of the greatest gifts I've received from Extasy Books so far is their list of House Style rules. If you're a writer, you're always trying to find the words you've repeated, and while there are probably great tools for this, I have yet to find one that I am going to copy and paste all of my work into so this can happen.
In the past, I created a list, but it just wasn't complete. I would read through and stress, scratching my head.
Now, I have this. Thank you, Extasy.
Some of these words are passive, weak and/or excessively overused. Search via the highlight all feature, you might be surprised and watch for all forms:
a bit a little a lot about
actually almost alread y appear
approximately as basically been
began begin, begun being
caused close to completely could
essentially even eventually exactly
extremely fairly finally get
got had half has
have here highly in
into just just then kind of
knew knowing large like
momentarily mostly must nearly
notice now only out
practically pretty quite rather
really seem seen simply
slightly small so somehow
something sometime somewhat sort of
start such suddenly that
then there therefore thing
to to be truly unbeknownst
utterly very was watch
were within would all names
Beware of phrases that start with words such as:
about to began to begin to begun to
could start to would
Actually going through and checking for these words has improved my writing! I have better sentences since I just can't remove a word. The sentences have to be tweaked and changed. And, I find that I like the results, the way my words flow.
Maybe you have something else you're using, but I love this. No more scratching my head looking for the repeat word. Now, I'm scratching my head for ways to make it better.
Writing. It's the journey that never ends!