Rewrite Chronicles VIII - Deleted Word Count
Was - 300+
But - 200+
Like - 100+
Had - 100+
Just - 40+
That's a lot of words. And by deleting that many, I forced myself to reshape lazy sentences. Lots of lazy sentences. Sooooooo many lazy sentences.
Knowing your 'crutch' words (words you overuse in the drafting process) comes in handy during the editing phase because you can weed out the weaker parts of your manuscript. Don't be daunted by how many you find; roll your sleeves up and get to work.