You’ve heard of writing prompts; now we have revision prompts! Each prompt will give you a specific writing issue to check for in your WIP, along with tips on how to fix each. Going through this process one issue at a time will not only help polish your current novel but will also teach you specific ways to improve your writing for your next story.
FIND: Search your WIP for the word “just.”
FIX: Unless it absolutely and positively must be there, and without it, the sentence suffers, take them all out.
WHY? – “Just” is almost always an extraneous word and doesn’t truly add any value to the sentence. Usually, you can remove it without changing the meaning of the sentence at all.
Just stop it!
I added just a little bacon to the salad.
I added a little bacon to the salad.
One of the keys to publication is a willingness to learn. We hope our Revising Prompts will help you learn more about the craft of writing and speed you on your way to publication.