I spent the better part of this week revising and polishing a 50 page proposal to go out. Here's how it went:
open Word doc
Procrastinate by reading blogs instead. Find lots of interesting info then come across Jane Kennedy Sutton's blog on Overused Words and Redundancies think, fabulous this is what I need to revise. Follow her link to a list of overused words. Print out list.
Use find and replace to replace all words on list with a blank space. So that I can go back later and fix. Oh, boy, notice many other words I over use. Write them on list-creating my own list of repeated words.
Shred manuscript into thousand holes- who knew I liked to use the words so, that and glance so much?!
Run from holey manuscript convinced I am a hack and am only published because publisher was desperate.
Go back to procrastination by reading great blogs. Discover Howard Hopkin's blog "Who do you think you are?" about Creepy Thought Gnomes
Realise that I might be a hack but I can always revise. Thought Gnomes are hacks!
Go back to shredded sentences with thesaurus in hand. Discover that holes make sentences stronger. Writing better. Revising easier.
Print out final copy of proposal. Place in envelop with Query letter, bio and SASE. Take letter to the post. Celebrate!
Thank ALL new blogger friends-wish I could mention all the great blogs but that would only cause more procrastination on my part.