Amy Sue Nathan at Women’s Fiction Writers wrote a wonderful post about making every word important to the story. I’ve been adding and deleting my novel countless times, trying to create a unique story without the overused words I find, such as: was, I, took. etc.
Here’s a great quote from Amy: “The way I see it, as authors, we have two options: delete it or make it matter.” I have a word document for my deleted scenes, and have been pouring over my manuscript and asking myself, is this important or just useless words to the reader? As I read more books and write/edit my book, it seems easier to find my useless words and either delete it or improve it, maybe even add an additional small but important scene. My thesaurus and dictionary have been great friends to me as I search for better words to express my characters’ reactions to their problems.
Do you either delete or improve your story countless times like me? Do you copy and paste the deleted words to a separate document?