Em’s editing and writing tips are always helpful.
Right now this is one of my pet peeves. I’m talking about overuse.
Ever have a shirt that got threadbare because you washed it so much? Finally it got holey and then you stopped wearing it. Well, this happens with overuse in writing too.
You overuse a word that you think is special. Say it’s DARK. The dark look in his eyes reeled the heroine in. Dark growls of pleasure rumbled in his chest. The dark moment crashed around her. Pretty soon there are so many DARKS that the word becomes unimportant and ANNOYING.
The reader loves the story, then it gets flawed from overuse, so she puts the book down.
Overuse extends to sentence structure as well. Daisy often sleeps with all 4 legs stuck in the air. She moves from place to place during the night. She starts on the orange couch and moves to the gray one…
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