>Got 9 more pages

>Got back on the writing train this morning and wrote 9 pages. Had a couple of rough days there (doing taxes, balancing my meager checkbook, etc.), but I think I’m back on track. On the Cobblestone Mainstreet forum, one of the editors had mentioned a software program out there that finds your most commonly used words and “crutches” and highlights them. I decided that was a good idea and wrote a macro for Microsoft Word that does basically the same thing.

Talk about an eye opener. Took me a while to get over the shock and horror of that little revelation. I’ll post a sample paragraph from a current work in progress. Very scary…

“They’re going to kill me.” Harrison stared down at his uneaten breakfast. His skin ashen, he shook out his fifth cigarette since they’d sat down at the diner and lit it with trembling hands.

Crete shook his head and sat back in the booth’s plastic seat. His younger brother had been in some serious trouble before, but nothing like this. “We’ll go to the cops. You’re a witness. You testify to the dealing and the killing, and Barrows will be behind bars.”

Harrison sucked the smoke into his lungs and blew it out. He pushed the plate of eggs, bacon and sausage links to the side and looked up. His eyes were bloodshot and he looked like he hadn’t slept in a week. “That‘s what the last guy thought.”

The good news, of course, is now that I’m aware of it, at least *that* won’t be happening anymore. I’ll be able to clearly see the problems and fix those. Ah, one problem down, about 100 to go…

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