The process of editing is a little different for everyone, I suppose. Because of my programming background, I focus on the syntax level and I really love tangibles. Writing to me, is a lot like programming, though I’ll save that for another post, because it deserves it’s own explanation.
That said, I’ve decided to share one of my tools in my self-editing process that I shaped over the last year and a half. This list of words is something I stand by in my writing, but you can pick and choose which ones work for you, if any …
Max 5 (Per 15,000 words)
- In Order To
Max 15 (Per 15,000 words)
Whittle Down Numbers
Max 25 (Per 15,000 words)
These Take the Longest
Max 60-80 (Per 15,000 words)
I’ve forgotten the links where I found this collection of words, but you can google them if you choose. It was not one specific place and I did my own version of cherry picking to match my style of storytelling.
I stand by this list I’ve compiled and I hope you can take something of use from it.