>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
Began 
Started
Seemed
Appeared
Knew
Realized
Figured

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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  4. Carol B. says:

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

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  5. Larissa says:

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

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  6. Wrath Nasty says:

    >Thanks for the cheat sheets cool stuff.

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