I used ‘all hell broke loose’ and ‘suddenly’ in Dying Days 4, which Robert was kind enough to read and blurb. Now he’s using it against me. Nice move.
Here are some more things that get repeated in manuscripts you should consider leaving out for a faster, easier and clearer read.
1. When you can say it in fewer words, do so. (General guideline. No, this doesn’t mean all novels should be reduced to their three-paragraph summaries. Yes, we’d all be better read, but it’s about the journey.)
2. When you can use a simpler word instead of an unfamiliar one, consider that. I use some Latin and unusual words in This Plague of…
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