Writing Tip #5: Find & Avoid Overused Words

Revision is an important (and not always enjoyable) aspect of the writing process, and one potentially overlooked aspect of revision is the need to avoid overused words and descriptions.

In my new 3-Minute Writing Teacher video, I share a simple yet powerful trick for guiding revision work! In only 3 minutes, you’ll be able to learn how certain overused words and descriptions led the characters in one of my stories to have dry eyeballs, loose heads, and preoccupations with their dental hygiene. Then you’ll learn a quick and easy way for you (or your students) to spot your own overused words and descriptions using “Word Clouds.”

To see why my characters’ needed eye drops and a chiropractor, check out my latest 3-Minute Writing Teacher video:


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