I’m deep into revision-land. Have been for a while now. Because I am slightly afraid of the gigantic revisions that I need to work on, I’ve spent most of the day pulling out my writerly tics. It’s such a satisfying feeling. With revising, I often have a hard time deciding on whether a change has improved my piece or not, but when I’m picking out my tics it’s very obvious that the work is improving my draft.
Here are a few of the tics I pulled out (examples from my WIP included!), since you’re dying to know:
- “Began to”: Aiden began to rumble with laughter. / Aiden rumbled with laughter.
- “Started”: I started walking into the living room. / I walked into the living room.
- “Or something”: Like he was the son of God or something. / Like he was the son of God.
- “Just”: I just figured that if I had to do The Robot Dance, I might as well do the best Robot Dance in the history of Robot Dances. / I figured that if I had to do The Robot Dance, I might as well do the best Robot Dance in the history of Robot Dances.
See? Taking out writerly tics is like an instant MS facelift!