>Editing help

>Have you ever used Michele Albert’s Cheat Sheets?  I love them.  They’re a great concise resource for a variety of writing topics.  You can find them here:

On a whim today, I decided to look for filter words in my current WIP–or words that pull back from deep POV.  Michele has a great number of overused and misused words to look for (find under Editing) as well as passive use words.  But the filter words I found at Karen King’s website here under “Filtering – get out of the way”:

he/she felt
he/she heard
he/she saw
he/she looked

I figured I might have a few and could improve my prose, so I began a search and highlight operation.  Sur-prise, sur-prise as Gomer Pyle used to say!  My favorites are:  seemed, began, looked, knew, and realized.  Glad I caught those suckers. Of course, not every one can be eliminated, but most of them were unnecessary.

Happy editing!

About Annie Rayburn/Carol Burnside

As an author of sizzling romance, Annie takes contemporary settings. and incorporates twists with sci-fi and paranormal elements.
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6 Responses to >Editing help

  1. >Great resources, C. I’m giving a talk on editing at my next RWA meeting and this will come in handy. Thanks for the links!


  2. >LOL, Carol, I do use Michele Albert’s cheat sheets and was just getting ready to do a blog post on them. 🙂 I had the pleasure of reading, many eons ago, the first few pages of a historical novel she had in progress. It was set in Constantinople, I think. Even then, her writing was lovely.


  3. Lynn Daniels says:

    >Hi Carol!I’m pretty sure I’ve seen those cheat sheets before, but thanks for the link! I can bookmark it now.One of my CPs got a contest entry back many moons ago with comments about filtering words, which is literally how I learned. I probably pay more attention than I should to the filtering during the writing process. Better to get it down then go back and edit later rather than agonizing initially, right?Your final paragraph cracked me up.


  4. Carol B. says:

    >LOL! Well, it seems my post was both timely and amusing. What more could I ask for?


  5. Larissa says:

    >Oooh, I love those cheat sheets! Thanks for reminding me where I could find them!


  6. Wrath Nasty says:

    >Thanks for the cheat sheets cool stuff.


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