Whatever Works Wednesdays

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and your writing will be just as it should be.” – Mark Twain
The man has a point. I find myself loving the words ‘usually, almost, as if, just about, at least’ far too much in the first draft of things. But that’s okay. It’s a first draft. It’s supposed to be frenzied and messy. I’m discovering the story that’s there under the surface. But I need to grow a spine in my second draft. He doesn’t ‘almost’ reach out for her arm, he grabs it. They don’t ‘usually meet’, they meet. They do, or do not, characters shouldn’t try all the time in your manuscript. They make mistakes and we wince or yell at them or throw the book across the room. At least Readers should have strong reactions to your books, if they are good books.

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