Here’s the deal. I’m a writer. An aspiring published author. I have finally come to grips with saying I am a writer/author. It takes me a minute, or a million. Why? Simply because I’ve always associated “writers” with people whom are published. The beauty of the world we live in, is technology has made it so that everyone can be considered a writer. Even now as I write to you, I am considered a writer. Technically a blogger, but you get my drift.
With that being said, I often get asked many times for writing advice. My loyal Wattpad readers know where I stand on this. More on that in the future. But this is a post about my writing journey and I’ll share this secret with you. I have discovered how unintentionally you can overuse words. While editing a recent book I’ve noticed the use of the word feelings so much my eyes started to bleed. For example, in my book King, I am a writing a story about two people who are struggling to get their relationship off the ground. The female main character has fallen head over heels for the male MC who struggles with his emotions. A ha! I used another word =)
Now I believe I understand why this is taking place. I am describing what is happening in the story and the main emotional plot is about their fight against the development of a relationship. When describing such a thing (thing, also an overused word), the main issue is, drumroll, FEELINGS!
Another reason overuse of words can occur, is being in your head while you’re writing. I’m guilty of it. So are many writers. Recognize it and READ OUT LOUD when you edit. Usually I don’t read out loud until the fifth or sixth edit. But even now as I write this, I’m yup, reading out loud. Yes, I said yup. =) Another tip I developed is to write the over used words down (I’m up to six words) on a list so when you go back to edit you can review if you’ve made the changes.
I’m not going to beat myself about it because my initial books are drafts. Edited drafts, but drafts nonetheless. Eventually I will get around to a master edit and refine plenty of my mistakes. This journey is becoming a huge lesson across many aspects in my life. To my fellow writers remember that. Don’t get caught up on mini details when you’re writing a draft. That’s what they exist for. You’re writing because it is something that brings you joy, so have fun! Sadly, that’s my only advice at the moment.
Some of you might ask, why point out your flaws? That’s what writing is about to me. Being able to recognize flaws and constructively criticize them to correct for the future. With each book I learn more about writing, about my style & what works for me. I learn how to become better.