Traipsing Through Writing

Traipsing is moving wearily or reluctantly through grounds or anything else. Here we are talking about traipsing through your writing to edit.

You really don’t want to do it, but do it you must.

You need to take out unnecessary words and phrases, even though you may thing they are necessary.

When you see adjectives, you need to weed through them and keep the ones you need, which is none.

Show don’t tell and adjectives tell.

You need to check your repetitions. Your repetitions. Some are as obvious as this and some hide. Read your work aloud to find the ones who hide. Hearing what you have written is essential. It helps with the flow and with the unnecessary.

Where I live we usually think of traipsing as slow as well as reluctantly. So do it slowly and reluctantly as you don’t want to kill too many of your darlings. Some of them are pure gold.

So, traipse away.

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One thought on “Traipsing Through Writing

  1. Well, I never realized traipsing was done reluctantly! I learned something new. Editing is so critical. I am lucky to have a husband and friends who will assist me if there are little proofreading errors that escaped my eye.

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