The phrase “was” is a straightforward match when writing previously tense. Together with “had” it’s straightforward to make use of the phrase so onerous and infrequently that it turns into a distraction.
Whereas “was” is an effective phrase and generally the suitable phrase, there are various occasions (akin to within the instance above) when a rewrite will produce a greater passage. These edits – to take away “was” – will be onerous. You’ve gotten used the proper phrase. Why does it want to vary?
As soon as a reader notices how typically the author makes use of “was” each additional instance goes to be a distraction.
Moreover, the hassle to search out one other approach to say the identical factor may give your writing extra selection, a stronger voice, and extra stream. That stated, I discover these edits onerous.
I’ve added “was” discount to my enhancing course of. This step will be lots of time-consuming work. The tip product is nearly at all times higher and extra pleasurable to learn. At the least I believe so.
The way in which I method this edit is to make use of “Discover” (Ctrl+F) sort “was” (or no matter phrase I’m decreasing) after which hit “Discover All”. That highlights all examples of the phrase. I then scroll by in search of clusters as within the instance above. The extra I can see on the web page, the extra urgently I must re-word.
Do you might have any over used phrases that you simply try to cull within the enhancing course of? Inform me about yours within the feedback.