Saturday, March 01, 2008

Editing Your Work

Choose a scene you're working on or one you wrote awhile back that has merit. Look for passive language. World like:

*There was (were, had been)
*He (she) noticed
*He (she) saw
*He (she) heard
*He (she) realized
*Had been
*That (read the sentence and see if it makes sense without the word "that"
*went (be more specific--show how your character went. Did they run, shuffle--create an image

Rewrite the scene replacing your passive language and you'll be surprised at how it comes to life.

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