The Pros and Cons of “Said-Bookisms”

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?”

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Why You Should Love/Hate Your First Draft

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.

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