That Thing I Do
Thanks to great feedback from a friend who read my work in progress, I discovered my overuse of the word that. In fact, without her feedback, I would have written the last sentence to say: I now know that I love the word that.
Thanks to the Find feature in Word, I resolved to correct this problem. After two hours, I was up to page fifty! Two hours later, I had made it all the way to page eighty. Woohoo!
What? How long was this going to take?
Like any good writer, I still had a copy of my original file, so I opened it and ran a Find All. It counted 1241 occurrences!
Yep. That’s right.
One thousand ...
Two hundred ...
AND Forty-one ...
Do the math. If I spent an average of sixty seconds on each occurrence, trying to decide whether to delete, edit or change the word, it would take me twenty hours.
Luckily for me, it only took me twelve hours. Ouch!
Now, my novel has a lot fewer occurrences of “that.”
And that’s the truth.
At least, I know what word to watch for. Do you?
PS Thanks Valerie!