Repeating words is so repetitive

I don’t know about you, but I’m guilty of using repetitive words and phrases in my novels.  I didn’t realize how glaringly obvious they were, though, until a few betas pointed them out to me. I would have comments such as “Jen, you just used the word glare.  Try another word.” Or “I counted the word ‘jump’ six times in the last two pages.  Can David leap, bolt, haul ass anything but ‘jump’?”  (I chuckled at that one.)  Somehow, VanHalen popped in my head, but I digress.

Ugh.  I knew I needed to clean up my manuscript, but I didn’t know I needed to de-contaminate if from the rafters to the basement.  It seemed like on every page I found those dratted repetitive words staring back at me with quirky little grins on their lettered faces.  But I fixed them with a sweet little program called AutoCrit Editing Wizard.  How in the heck did I get through life without this software?  It has really made my hunt and destroy mission much easier.   Now onto the additional edits I need to make to my novel.  Hmm.  I wonder if there is a program out there that yells back, “Enough with the editing, and send the damn thing out already!”

6 thoughts on “Repeating words is so repetitive

  1. Jen, I have words I overuse too. I find when I read the entire manuscript in 2-3 sittings they pop up on my radar. How many times can someone bite their lip. Too many in my earlier drafts. 🙂 good luck with the editing!


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