My wonderful beta reader sent back my latest version of Old Geezers 2 this week. Her reaction to the book was largely favourable which thrilled me, especially as I’ve taken great effort to remove my own most common errors, ie “That, Which and Had: all that passive rubbish.
You might want to check your usage of the word “now”, she said.
So I did, and to my horror M/S Word glibly informed that it occurred 892 times in my manuscript. Now, I like now as you can see but had not realised just how much I liked it. Further research revealed that good old M/S had also included “know” and “knowing” in the results but that was still a very big number. Removing 90% of them was relatively easy, but to see just how far the infection has invaded my system I performed a search of my new novel, The Book of Pain – 1136 instances. And even allowing for know and knowing, what I’d assumed to be the final edit in a few weeks is apparently not going to be.
I’m going to check both Geezers and B/o/Pain for other intruders. I’m not looking forward to the results.