The word “moment” appears in my first four chapters 12 times. I noticed this as I was happily typing along, adding the word moment roughly twice a page, when I realized I’d typed the word twice in the same sentence. I went back and did a highlighted search for the word “moment” and there they were. I didn’t dare search the rest of the document. The first few chapters are enough.

Fortunately, I caught this one, and I have written myself a reminder to do a word check before calling the manuscript complete. If you suspect yourself of weasel words (and don’t worry. It happens to everyone.) Paste a section of your document into a word cloud generator, and see which words are biggest. Does the word “look” dominate the picture? You probably need to take a few of those out.

That’s it for now. ^^ Happy writing all.

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