While I'm working on a first draft I don't go back and edit. Sure, when I start a new day's writing I read a page or two of what I had written to get back into the mood of the scene, then I'll fix the typos I come across. But other than that I leave the editing/proofreading for when I'm busy with rewrites and every other read through I do after that.
To make the rewrites less arduous(high five for this awesome word, right?) there are a few things that I have constantly floating around my head when it's switched to writer mode and I thought I'd share one of them with you. Maybe it'll help.
I once read a blog post, can't remember by who, about some words we should avoid using because of our tendency to overuse them. See the title of the post? Yeah, those are the words.
I'm adding A Little and Look to the list because the amount of times I used them in the UF and YA Paranormal was bordering obscene.
It's crazy how many times I have to stop when I see these word and noticed that I typed them without even realizing it because it felt so natural. Like it's supposed to be there. It gets annoying, especially for the reader. So I make a conscious effort to not use any of them unless there is no better way to get my point across.
Do you guys do something similar? Please tell me I'm not the only one.