My story is done. I’m in the final leg of this marathon. But, before I finish I have a few more things to accomplish. Small things yes, but oh so important to the final product.
I’m talking about word choice, active voice, and passive sentence structure.
Over the weekend I found out just how many times my characters “decided” or “managed” to do something, how often they “jumped” from the wagon, and how they always “quickly” slid from their saddles.
At this point I no longer need the large hatchet to go through my manuscript, hacking away at entire pages or chapters. I’m down to carefully lifting away one or two words and replacing with stronger ones that convey an even better story.
Time consuming, yes. But in the end, when I cross that long-awaited finish line, it will be completely worth it!
Happy Monday everybody. Castle is all new tonight!