Trying to trim fat from my novel.
Pulled up the “7 Deadly Sins of Writing.” Why not? I wrote it. I can use it just like anybody.
First one I Searched and Destroyed was “of the.” An insidious little snake, “of the” lurks in the shadows unnoticed and malevolent… until you SEARCH and REPLACE.
A 40,000 word book had 175 uses of “of the.” One by one, I rooted through and cut ’em or rewrote ’em. Got rid of 48 of the little pests. A goodly amount.
It was a pain in the neck, but a bunch of sentences are better now. Worth it.
Hope you’re having a good holiday!