Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Writing Again

I went back to the novel on Monday.  It was a good day.  I zipped along.  Tuesday wasn’t as good, but I got down what I needed to.  I have to remind myself that I’m going to rewrite and not to worry that I have the same word in consecutive sentences.  No, not I, the or and.

Which reminds me.  I picked up a crime novel in the store the other day and glanced at the first page.  There were five “justs” on that one page.  I use my search tool to get out just, very and really.  Yes, there’s a place for them once in awhile.  And I don’t mind them in dialogue, depending on who’s speaking.

Back to my writing on Tuesday.  I finished the chapter I started the day before.  And I knew where I was going next.  I still do.  But I didn’t write today.  Life interfered.

I plan to write tomorrow.  I would rather sit and read Sarah Waters’ book, but I’m not going to indulge myself.  Even though no one is waiting for the novel I’m writing I still have to apply some of my discipline on my daily schedule or I’d never do any work.

I’m going to go read that book now.


Cynthia said...


After reading your post this morning I went through my manuscript and eliminated 81 "justs", 11 "verys", and 26 "reallys." I also ran a search on the word "little" and murdered about two dozen of them.

I'm really just so very glad that your shared that little bit of information. Thanks.

Sandra Scoppettone said...

Glad I could help. Only is another one.

ravaj said...

i often have problems with 'meanwhile's and 'perhaps's.

which sarah waters book are you hoping to read?

Sandra Scoppettone said...

Meanwhile and perhaps have to go.

As you can see by reading the top of my Recommended list the book is The Night Watch. This is her latest and it's gorgeous.