Recently, a rejection letter of mine emphasized an issue that I had never heard any editor complain of in my work before.
“The said-bookisms are too distracting,” the editor had bluntly expressed.
“Said-bookisms?” I mumbled to myself. “What on earth is a said-bookism?”
Is there nothing as simultaneously thrilling and horrifying as finishing the first draft of your story? Unless you’re a stuntman, probably not. Depending on what kind of writer you are, you tend to lean towards one or the other: excitement or trepidation. No matter what side you fall on, don’t worry; there will be some reason for you to love or hate your first draft, and always a way to use this to your advantage.