Easy Steps to Polish That Draft!

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  1. Jim Heskett
    Jim Heskett November 13, 2013 at 7:59 am .

    overuse of “just” never even occured to me. thank you thank you thank you

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy November 13, 2013 at 9:27 am .

      It’s just crazy how that word sneaks in. ;-) And you are most welcome – glad that helped!

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey November 13, 2013 at 8:56 am .

    Excellent post, Jeffe. You’ve channeled my own editor who recently informed me I still have a few bad habits, gave me word counts for my most repeated words, and asked when I got in the habit of having all my characters shrug and nod…a lot. My list of things to check during the self-editing process “just” grew a lot longer.

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy November 13, 2013 at 9:26 am .

      Thanks Patricia! I guess habits are habits, huh? Shrugging, nodding and stepping are things I’ve gotten better at removing as I go. Eesh!

  3. Rhenna Morgan
    Rhenna Morgan November 13, 2013 at 9:16 am .

    So glad to hear I’m not the only one with a list. But man, it sure comes in handy for doing a thorough edit. God knows I can’t remember all the ticks I’ve uncovered in my writing.

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy November 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm .

      It’s weird, Rhenna – I replied to this when I replied to Patricia and Jim. I wonder what happened to it?? Anyway, I agree – my list is a crucial tool. Glad you agree!

  4. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek November 13, 2013 at 9:30 am .

    I loved this specific how-to for checking errors and repetitions in our writing. I know… I KNOW.. I have many I over use, even in my short essays. Aughg– love this going to share.

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy November 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm .

      Thanks Julie – I’m glad it was useful! And I just know how you feel! :D

  5. Samantha Ann King
    Samantha Ann King November 13, 2013 at 10:53 am .

    Yep. Double spaces, towards, like. Plus know, feel and I have a list that I haven’t memorized … yet. Oh yeah. Ellipses.

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy November 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm .

      Oh,Sam… Weeding out ellipses feels so brutal… Are you sure??

      1. Samantha Ann King
        Samantha Ann King November 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm .

        It is brutal … I assure you.

        1. Jeffe Kennedy
          Jeffe Kennedy November 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm .

          lol!

  6. Charmaine Clancy
    Charmaine Clancy November 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm .

    I’ve a habit of too many occurrences of ‘but’ in my books. Maybe wouldn’t be to bad if they were butts, but… dang, there I go again!

    1. Jeffe Kennedy
      Jeffe Kennedy November 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm .

      But I love a good contraction! too funny, Charmaine!

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