Who uses the “7 Deadly Sins of Writing”?? ME!

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!

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2 responses to “Who uses the “7 Deadly Sins of Writing”?? ME!

  1. Op

    Is “them” another word to watch out for?

  2. Op

    Do the seven deadly sins apply only to scene description/action lines or does it apply to dialogue as well?

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