I usually edit out overused words last, but since a few beta readers pointed some out… I started fixing, and then the overused words snowballed.
I always have overused words. I think all authors do… but the quantity of words, sometimes appearing five times on the same page, astounded me.
Was it the speed I was writing? The lack of read-throughs before going to beta? (I usually read my manuscript five to ten times before going to beta)
I’m not sure, but I’m definitely not happy. What a terrible, tedious week.
Repeated words might not seem like a big deal, but they ruin the flow of a novel. They stand out, and can pull the reader from your story and remind them they are “only reading”.
Shame on me
That is NOT what I ever want to do to my readers. It is my job to help them escape for a little while. If they are reminded it is “just a book” then shame on me.
That’s why I took an entire week to tackle this before submitting to my editor. The only problem is that another beta pointed out a portion that would be more intense if I made one small point in the story a touch harder on my characters… and I agree.
So that leaves me with two weeks left to do another developmental edit/rewrite on the beginning of the story, and finish the re-write of the ending that I inadvertently started while getting rid of the repeated words in the last two paragraphs. PLUS do a complete final read-through start to finish.
Two weeks until the deadline?
No, this is not where I would like to be so close to the novel being due… Especially since ASHES IN THE SKY went up on Goodreads this weekend, and I was supposed to start EMBERS IN THE SEA last Wednesday.
Tons, tons, tons of pressure… But I WILL get this manuscript in on time.
And I will try my best NOT to make sleep optional.