Better Sentences Make for Better Novels

When authors write, we are so engrossed in our storytelling—plot, character development, scenes, description—we forget to pay attention to the words in our story.

Without realizing it, we use the same word over and over again. Words like: was, to be, could, would and had, are the usual suspects, but we all have little darlings that we use over and over and over again.

The best way to deal with them is to do a global search for each and everyone of them.

A teacher once said we use the word look far too often. Today I did a search for look. I didn’t delete all of them, but I did delete some. Most times I rewrote the sentence to make it stronger.

After 50 looks, I stopped counting and I was only a third of the way through my novel.

I also plan to global search like and as if. I might even global search smile.

I could leave them and just go on, the story is written and most people will never notice. I could, but I’m not lazy.

For every sentence I rewrite and make it better.

A wise author once said: Better Sentences Make for Better Novels.

That was me, just in case you were wondering. ;0)