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Sloppy Writing 101.37

 
Now is a word I discovered I was overusing. And often times, it was just plain unnecessary. You can’t see the context of the scenes, but it is apparent by the surrounding sentences that the speaker is talking about now/the present time. Here are my examples from The Proper Way to Say Goodbye where I deleted the now.
 
-I was used to faking it by now.
 
-And now I’d like another set of fresh eyes to read it before I do another edit.
 
-So now I’m car-less for a few weeks and I really, really, really need a ride to Wal-Mart.
 
-What irritated me now was that even in death, I couldn’t refuse Brock’s request.
 
I got rid of about 42 nows. I also made sure that only Chloe was using ‘right now,’ which means I removed quite a few of that phrase from Sasha and Murphy.
 
So now is another word you’re now aware of.

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4 Responses to “Sloppy Writing 101.37”

  1. Chloe Banks Says:

    I hadn’t thought of that one!

    Have you revamped your blog? It looks good!

  2. Sheena-kay Graham Says:

    Great that you find new editing techniques.

  3. Emily R. King Says:

    I overuse “now” in real life too. I caught my three-year-old mimicking me the other day, “I want to watch Dora right now!”

    Gesh, I say “right now” a lot. :)

  4. Deana Barnhart Says:

    Ugh, I am queen of repeating words. I don’t know what I’d do without the find and replace tool:)

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