Friday, November 6, 2009

You Had Me at Had

I love my crit group.

I am a "hadder." Had, had been, had said, had had had. I also overuse "really," "just," and "though." Along with others, I'm sure.

They are literally invisible to me. When I'm reading my own work, I don't even see them. But my crit group is finding them, and taking them out, and it sounds so much better when they're gone!!!

My beginning is also A LOT stronger now. I actually have hopes that I'm going to get requests for fulls based on my partial now.



  1. Cool. I'm big on "had" too, but pretty good on sniffing them out by the 3rd, 4th, 5th drafts... Even after twelve (!) go-throughs, however, I still found stuff. That's why a crit group or -- better yet -- an effing editor is helpful.