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Do you harbor throw away words?

I was reading Deep Editing by Margie Lawson. Her lectures on deep editing helped me see what I needed to change in my MS.
There was a a page or two on throw away words. Words that don't need to be in the story. I went through my work by using the "find" editing button and plugged a few of the words Margie says are throw always. I was surprised at which words I use a ton in my MS. Here is a short list of offenders (so far):

at that moment 

What about you? What words do you find you use often??

UPDATE: Taffy here. I'm adding a few more words to my list: very some really often actually
few (I had no idea how many times I used "few"!) many
bit I'm amazed as I find and eliminate most of these words how much better my writing sounds. Tighter. Clearer. Flowing.  Totally worth my time to revise.

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Possible Epic Failure

Hello, blog hoppers!
I think I'm suppose to be on the blog tour for Connie Sokol's new book, CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS. I think today is the day. And if it is, I apologize. See, the computer ate my PDF review copy and I haven't been able to read it. Then we went out of town for a few days. Then we had friends come into town for a few days.

And to top off this load of excuses, it's summer solstice! I KNOW that has something to do with my failing to read/post/blog about Connie's book.

So instead, I will blog about Connie because she is the nicest and funniest and sweetest person you'll ever meet. And it shows in her writing.

Here's a few tidbits about Connie: Connie Sokol is a mother of seven—a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly TV contributor on KSL’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for LDSLiving online. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Vall…

Wordle your way over here!

Have you used It's fun, easy and a great distraction if your trying to get your writing done. I copy my book, put it in wordle and this is the "cloud" it created for me:

The most used words in big letters. It gives a great perception into the words you use in your story. Aiden and Georgie are big in my story and they're not even the main character.
Go try it! You'll like it, hey Mikey!


"It may not be my weekend, but it's going to be my year."

Has there been a time you fisted your hands, firmed up your stance and say, "Never surrender!"? To a bully? A dream that tried to slip away? Hope or fear?

Never Surrender is my new motto as of today.

I came back from a writers conference defeated. I've NEVER felt like that after a conference. I'm usually rearing to go, conquer those pesky adverbs and find the inciting incidents. Not this time.
Let me explain.
No, let me sum up. (Name that movie)
I'm a pantser writer. That pretty much sums me up. I love to turn off the inner editor and let my fingers fly across the keyboard, telling a story I didn't know was inside me. I feel free and gypsy-ish and rogue.
Then I go to classes or talk to an editor and they ask all sorts of questions I couldn't answer:

What's the question at the beginning of your book and is it answered at the end? (What if your memory came back and r…

Best books I've read so far this year~ Armchair BEA

Lots going on over @ Armchair BEA. Get on over there and check it out.

These are my favorite reads so far this year (I've only read 30 so far this year, so I'm sure my list will change):

Girl of Fire and Thorns
On Little Wings
The Death Cure
Defenders of the Covenant

What have editors bought lately??

This is what editors have bought lately, according to Pub Rants:

1) A young adult thriller
2) Gothic retelling of a classic--in this case, The Island of Dr. Moreau
3 young adult straight fantasy (as opposed to a bent one! *grin* In other words, a traditional not contemporary fantasy)
4) a time travel young adult novel
5) realistic contemporary young adult
6) animal character middle grade fantasy


If Dialogue were written by songwritters (From LDStorymakers)