As if it weren’t bad enough that authors have to come up with words to write down, we then have to winnow through them to take out the words that don’t add anything.
These are the words to put into ‘Find’, and on each and every occasion they pop up, look at rewording and tightening your story. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a quick job. It will take you days of hard work and thinking, for the average novel. But it will be worth it. Really worth it.
Ask your editor.
That’s my list. What would you add to it?