Those sneaky adverbs. They seem to pop themselves into a document. Today’s project is to find those little buggers and decide whether they are needed (not often), can be replaced (sometimes), or deleted (most of the time).
Engaging Word’s Find feature I searched for “ly.” That brought up “family,” and “Caitlyn,” but then I started to see “quickly” come up over and over. I changed my Find feature to “quickly,” and realized how many times I use that word.
I love to tighten the manuscript this way. I will continue looking for other overused words and take much pleasure in showing them the door!