Scissor words are overused words which can be eliminated. Here are some helpful tips:
1. “To be” verbs: is, are, am, was, were, be, being, been.
Try reworking your sentences, and cut back on using them. You cannot wholly avoid “to be” verbs, but limit their usage.
2. “That” can be overused within a sentence. Take out some in your story; it may make the sentences flow better.
3. Just, like, & as are used for emphasis or comparison. But, they can turn into writing crutches.
4. “ly” adverbs are lackluster descriptive words. Even though there are some situations you cannot avoid using adverbs. Do not go overboard. Using “ly” adverbs too much will weaken the story. Use other descriptive words to strengthen it.
5. Now means: NOW. It’s an immediate response. If you choose to use it, avoid placing now at the beginning of the sentence.
Now we can go.
We can go now.
Don’t worry about following these steps until after you’ve finished your work. If you edit in the middle of writing, you will only get frustrated. I usually print a chapter off at a time and then rework it. Once you start looking for specific words, they will stand out.
Take care, my friends 🙂
Have you ever sat down to a buffet or unbelievable amount of food and then overate? You may ask yourself: “Why did I eat SO much?”
The sad truth is stories with an excessive amount of details can lose a person’s interest.
Some authors (especially new writers) fatten-up on descriptions, trail-off with thoughts or ideas, and add unnecessary information about characters. A boring storyline makes dull reading.
I love monster-themed books, movies, and television shows. Since I was a child, my family gathered around and watched Friday night ‘Creature Features’ –usually classic monster movies. Currently, I am watching the TV show The Strain. The first few episodes kept me engaged, but then the unnecessary details, which have nothing to do with the story, began suffocating my interest. The nonessential fillers don’t develop the backbone of the story much. Even though it crawls forward, I remain hopeful it will pick-up. If not, I’ll find something else.
As writers, it is good to reread our work in a realistic manner. Ask yourself some questions:
Does it keep the reader excited?
Is there room for improvement?
Do the extras have anything to do with the story?
Can some unnecessary details be subtracted?
The last question should be the one to really consider. During the writing process, I have inserted scenes that have no importance to the progression of the story, added characteristics to characters that aren’t necessary, and trailed off into a different directions. But don’t fret about the editing until you have finished your project first.
Take care, my friends. 🙂
Where I’m at Wednesday
I made it home. Yay! But. . .Boo! I left my parents, cooler temperatures, and the tranquil forest behind.
The good news is, while I was gone, I managed to finish a few chapters. Now, I would like to print out the manuscript and get it ready for the “clean-up” stage. It isn’t just about editing, but adding more details. I do enjoy this part of the process. It also helps me to get a clearer picture of where I’m at in the story. I consider this part the final stages before completing the book.
What drives you to write?
A passion to express your stories,
Or, do you hunger to impress others?
We—writers can gravitate to both reasons. But, if you lean more toward the latter, then you may be setting up for failure.
Why? 1) The rewards will be short. Sure, in the beginning, you may gain a lot, but sooner-or-later it will dwindle. 2) People lose interest; you can only hold their attention for so long. 3) And when they wane interest, you will too. 4) It may even force you to write harder, but it won’t have the quality you’re hoping for. 5) Eventually, you will run out of stories or ideas. 6) You will become exhausted, trying to maintain the pretenses.
Be passionate about your work, but don’t let it go to your head. People read to imagine new things, to escape their own issues, or to gain a broader knowledge. They don’t attach to you—the writer until you’ve proven you can do these things for them.
Enjoy your work, and don’t let it overwhelm you. I would rather my stories to be a journey for me, as much as it is for the reader. If you rush or push yourself, it can fizzle; most of us don’t work well under a panicked state. Take your time to craft ideas. Relax.
Seeking notoriety shouldn’t be at the top of your list. Gaining an audience should. Be respectful and don’t pressure people.
I wish you the best.
Take care, my friends.
Where I’m at Wednesday
I am going out of town this week, and hopefully I will finish The Omphalos of Delphi. I won’t promise anything because I will, most likely, get distracted by the beckoning wilderness that needs exploring. Sometimes the change in scenery helps me to clear my head. Let’s hope that is the case. 🙂
Recently, a friend suggested that I should connect with my readers on a more personal level. She said: “Giving advice is great, but you need to let people know who YOU really are.”
I know she’s right, but talking about “me” isn’t one of my strongest abilities.
I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the age of 10, my mother got a job transfer to Phoenix, Arizona. I left my friends and grandparents behind, and thought our move would be an adventure. Little did I know, I would be saying goodbye to more than just family. I would be saying goodbye to changing of seasons, more specifically, snow. Ahhh—-snow. . . Wait, that’s the white stuff, right?
Adjusting to new people and surroundings is difficult for adults, but (I believe) it is 100 times worse for children. Let’s face it, kids can be cruel, especially if you don’t fit in.
I wasn’t welcomed with the warmest of receptions. The following year, I made my first friend, but it didn’t stop the ridicule. I gave up on school, stopped doing homework assignments, and eventually was held back a year.
It’s okay. I look back on it now as a blessing more than a curse.
The following year, I had new friends, and did better in school. I started to care again. Then I got a puppy, and set to training her. In 1984, I was in the local newspaper, riding a bicycle with my dog. Check it out:
I went on to high school feeling more confident.
At the end of my sophomore year, I met my future husband. I tell people: “I had a crush on him at 15, dated him at 16, and married him at 19”.
For 27 years, we’ve been through trial-some journeys together, but also the funniest moments. Eventually, I will write the story of our honeymoon, or what we laughingly refer to as: “The Honeymoon from Hell”. It is the symbol of humor that followed us throughout our lives together.
We were married for five years before we had our first daughter. Honestly, I had NO experience with children let alone a baby. My husband and mother helped the first week after she was born, but on the second week they had to go back to work, leaving me alone with THE BABY. I was terrified!
Eighteen months later, we welcomed our second daughter. I got the hang of this kid thing, but that doesn’t mean I want people to randomly hand me their babies because they still scare me. The two girls were so close in age and appearance, we were constantly asked if they were twins.
Today, I am proud to report we survived! My husband and I are closer now, and look forward to whatever may come our way.
I am a wife, mother, writer, homeschooling parent, homemaker, and blogger.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Take care, my friends.
Recently, I went to see the movie The Guardians of the Galaxy. It was awesome!
Although in the movie, there was a part that bore a likeness to the orb in my story. At first, it made my heart sink; however, I concluded our stories were not the same.
This has happened to me on several occasions—movies, television shows or books having similar concepts to mine. I am sure it has happened to you too.
Some of us hide our stories away, thinking others will assume we copied them.
In the past, I critically compared my work to other stories. It caused me to wonder if I could ever be taken seriously. But, friends and family members notated the variations and the originality of my stories, which convinced me to continue.
Before you discredit your work take into consideration we all share similar creativeness, but then our stories grow in different directions or have nothing else in common. Don’t let it stop you from writing. Don’t let it discourage you.
Your unique originality is yours. Own it!