I just submitted a story to Cup of Comfort for Couples. They've extended the deadline if anyone thinks they might have a good story to submit. The good thing about it is you don't have to wait forever to know if Cup of Comfort accepts your story or not. You will be notified by October 31st.
I read and reread my story a lot. I did a lot of editing. I got input from a friend of mine who is very good at writing and editing.
Words I used to have to find and delete were that, just and but.
I still have to look for those words while editing my stories. Now I have discovered a few other words I have trouble with and never realized it.
Pronouns! You know what I'm talking about. Them, We, They etc.
We (who? you and the family?)
Them (who? family and friends, comments?)
They (who? parents, friends?)
He (put in name)
I found I need to be more concise. More clear.
So, after I fixed the story being submitted to Cup of Comfort, I pulled up my middle grade manuscript and checked it out.
They was everywhere! Of course you can't take them all out. A lot of they's had to be left in, but I was amazed at how many could be changed into something more clear and concise. Now I am going back and looking for them, we, he, it etc.
It's easy to do. Go to Edit and Click on Find.
You might be amazed at what you discover lurking in your manuscript.
What are your troublesome words that slip into your stories?