I’m still editing and I’m almost there. Here are my Monday tips.
Tip One: There is no there there.
If you are at the polish stage, do a quick search for the adverb there and look for a stronger sentence construction. Often “there” is a filler that can be strengthened with some creativity. Remember, unless you are referring to a place, there is no there there.
Tip Two: The moon was jumped over by the cow. Or by the zombies.
Look for passive construction. I saw a great tip today on the grammarley blog from twitter user Rebecca Johnson (@johnsonr). You can find it here:
Her idea: Look for your verb. If you can insert the phrase “by a zombie” after it and it still makes sense, you have a passive sentence. I love this! I don’t want to steal their thoughts, so check out the grammarly blog for the exact examples.
That’s all folks. Remember, editing doesn’t have to be a painful process, and it doesn’ have to extend into infinity. My goal is to send the complete manuscript to my editor by the middle of November. I would like to be done before then, but I’m realistic, and considering I work full-time and have two elementary school age kids, I think that’s the best I can hope for.