I refuse to self-edit my first drafts, especially during NaNoWriMo, so the prose in my current work is less than stellar. Because I am inventing the story as I write it, the early drafts for all my work are littered with ‘ly’ words and other telling words.
Once the first draft is a complete novel, I will step away from it for a few weeks and work on other projects. Then when I come back to it, I use the global search (find option) to look for each instance of ‘ly’ words and rewrite those sentences to make them active.
Active prose injects impact into the narrative, but the first draft is littered with telling instead of showing, because I am telling myself the story.
I’ve said many times that words are the colors we use to show entire worlds. I am always looking for ways to use words for…
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