This is something every writer needs to be. It’s painful and will most likely break your heart, but it must be done. EDIT. After the months, years, sleepless nights, blood and pieces of your soul which have been splashed across the pages of your finished manuscript, you must go back and strike unneeded words.
In one of my online critique groups a fellow writer recommended a post with a list of words to take out of a manuscript. Check out Kelley Harvey’s post here.
Some of my pet peeves also include the over use of -ing words and -ly adverbs. I don’t think you should get rid of them completely, but when there’s a more beautiful way of writing a sentence, why not do it?
I used to overuse the word ‘as’ but now I’ve taken a liking to the word ‘that’ and my writing critique partner hates it. Lol. What are some of your writing pet peeves? Or what are some words you overuse?