I have this really nasty habit when I’m writing to get locked into one or two words. I don’t know how it happens, but those words will show up over and over and OVER again in sections of my work. Clearly they need to be edited out.
Brad, one of the members of the most awesome writing groups around, The Easy Writers, catches the repeat offenders by boxing them into little squares and connecting them with a ‘web’ of lines. Often with a brightly colored pen.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this about our group. It’s a safe, encouraging and totally supportive place where we can be honest with each other to improve and ‘do better.’
Also, I really enjoy the opportunities (few and far between) when I can return the favor.
There was one other time when my very bad habit of repeating words was brought to my attention in a way I’ll never forget. Charissa Weaks was beta reading Nothing Stays In Vegas for me. When she returned her comments and suggestions, one of the things she sent through was a link to a YouTube video that has stuck with me ever since.
Guess what word I used too often. Guess what word I NEVER use at all now!