Yes, my author auto pilot still rules. I thought the muse had got the message. “Turn off the damn word ‘was’ or else!”
For the past year of writing Forbidden, I made a conscious effort to eliminate those dreaded passive words. After typing ‘The End’ and jumping up and down with delight, I did a word search. ‘Was’ – the first word on my hit list. I snickered as I waited for the computer to come up with a near zero search.
OMG! How the blazes did all those wazes get in there. Old mindless habits, and bloody blind to boot! I read and reread but my mind skipped over the wazes. My eyes skipped over the wazes. The shame!
I’m debating if can eliminate the ‘was’ word from my computer. If I type in the ‘was’ word, something will spring out from the monitor and whack me over the head.
Now the real work begins. Line by line, reconstructing sentences to bring in the active voice. Fortunately, not every paragraph has a ‘was’ and there are pages where ‘was’ only occurred once. How many ‘wazes’ are allowed? None?
Have you been able to turn off the ‘was’ and ‘were?’ What other words should I be on the hunt for?