I thought perhaps you might enjoy hearing some of the simple lessons I learned during the editing process for Dark Moon Wolf and Waxing Moon.
– You can delete the word “that” almost all the time. Yeah. I know this, but apparently my fingers forget it when typing.
– I am overly enamored with the -ing form of verbs. Was standing. Was looking. Was saying. Was thinking. Was eating. Uh, Sarah? Did you mean stood? Looked? Said? Thought? Ate? 🙂 Yeah…we thought so.
– I think I know how to use commas, but sometimes I’m totally wrong. I need to study the week on commas in my friend Andrea’s university course on grammar…
– Gaze. Not eyes. Peoples’ eyes don’t literally follow you. Uh…thank goodness?! Now I’m imagining peoples’ eyes jumping out of their faces and hopping around after me.
– Fewer exclamation points. No, really. Yeah, even fewer than that. Thanks.
After sooooo many rounds of revisions and edits before my manuscript even made it to my editor, I am amazed how many of these simple issues still exited in my text. I am grateful to my editor Lara Parker for helping me clean and streamline my writing! Dark Moon Wolf is tighter after working with her and I know my future manuscripts will reach her in better shape because of all this work.