I have just pressed send on Hollywood Heartbreak to my editor at Carina Press. Am really, really hoping it will be my second book with them. Have two more ideas for books to make a Hollywood series and have given them to my editor too. So now I guess the wait begins.
While editing, I got to thinking about words I use a lot that either could be replaced with stronger words or could be deleted altogether. Today in a final edit, I searched my manuscript for the following words:
- just (HUGE culprit for me)
- seemed (another surprising biggie)
While I didn’t change ALL of these instances – often in dialogue they worked – I did change a lot and delete a fair few as well. I’m putting together a list of words to look out for in a final list. Do you have any words that you over-use and look out for in the final edit?