Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cleaning out the clutter

This week, my family moved from Georgia to New Jersey. Big change, huh? Even though I'll be going back to school soon, I helped them move, and still had things from my room that needed to be unpacked. My entire afternoon was devoted to this, and I was surprised opening some of the boxes. I kept thinking to myself, I thought I sold that in the garage sale...Why is this still here?....This is going into the garbage.

I feel the same way going through my MS for the #th edit. My awesome cousin, Katrina Lantz (see her blog to the right!), has been helping me edit Open Eyes in preparation for querying, and I have to laugh at some of the things that are still there. Like the word slightly. I'm slightly surprised to see that I used slightly to qualify almost every verb in my MS. It's slightly annoying, actually.

My point is, even when we think we've gotten rid of everything, there's always more to cut. Though it can be hard sometimes, we have to go over our Word Documents over and over and over again, and have others go over them as well. After all, if we want everyone to be able to pull this off a shelf, shouldn't we want to make it the best it can be?

Happy writing!


1 comment:

  1. I'm *beaming* at you! Awesome analogy. Rereading my MS after an edit is just like moving, seeing all the crap you swore you already threw out.

    Once your MS loses those "slightly"s you will be a force to be reckoned with in the lit world. I can't wait to see that day!


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