The revisions of Lacrimosa are complete. YAY!!! (Yes, please scream yay with me…). I discovered something very interesting as I went through these revisions – something I knew, but could not quantify. Until now.
I use A LOT of repeat phrases! Things involving words scraping, breath (lots and lots of breath phrases), clench jaws, and balled fists. Nothing like a little angst, right?
And yeah, I know, most authors use repetitive words. But my repeat phrases really annoyed me. I made a list of every one as I worked on rewrites. Then I highlighted them and got to work on figuring out different ways to say what I was trying to say. Sometimes I deleted, recognizing how I had overwritten the phrase. Other times I rewrote. And occasionally I kept it.
In the end, Lacrimosa is a better story for it…but the road getting there was a complete PAIN! I need to try to be a little more conscious of these repeat phrases on my next story.
All these repeat phrases got me thinking (always a scary thing) – what are your phrases that you tend to say a lot? The things you just can’t help saying over and over. The things that always need to get fixed during rewrites?
Share them with me – make me feel a little less alone on this!