new reader writing tips

Hey! Still writing? If you are, then sooner or later, you’re bound to reach the editing phase. As much as we want to quickly finish the book, publish it, and then be happy, we can’t. Books need polishing or editing. To help you with that, here is a list of some words that you should be careful of using too much or at the wrong time:

Suddenly: Use this word only when there's a sudden situation at hand. Don’t use it to try and speed up the story. 

Very: Don’t say you’re very tired, say you’re exhausted. Adding ‘very’ wouldn’t make it a stronger word. 

Then: Constantly using ‘then’ in every sentence becomes boring. It’s a given that things happen THEN another thing happens. Use it only when something changes, and/or to bridge two different actions.

Seem: If you’re using this word to describe something, then you are just sneaking your way in. Show, don’t tell—that's how your narrative should be. 

Just: Read your sentence, out loud, if you must. If it still makes sense without the word ‘just’, then doing away with it just might be the right thing to do. 

We hope we’ve helped in determining which words must be cut away or put in more appropriate places. Just keep practicing to find more tips and tricks in editing, or even discover your own!

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