Sunday, June 7, 2009
The Evil "Was"
Well, another publisher was heard from. L&L Dreamspell emailed me today saying they're passing for now on Forever Home. One reason was my overuse of the sentence weakening "was". And I thought I was a "that" queen. Guess I'm now a "was" queen.

The other reason was that the storyline wasn't unique enough. Too many stories that are similar out there at the moment.

So, here I sit and wonder what to do with the evil "was"es. (was's? wuzzes?) If I take a sentence: "Galloping across the prairie was the way she wanted to live her life." how do I get rid of that annoying evil little "was"? Oh, I'm sure there are plenty of ways to do it and when I sit down and really go over this manuscript with a fine toothed comb I'll come up with ways to fix them. I'll get right on that tomorrow, even if means sacraficing some "new" writing time.

And then the next question popped into my head: Are the rest of my manuscripts just as overused? Have the storylines been done to death? How can I make them so unique editors are going to be clamoring all over me to be the first to get that fantastic fresh idea. And is there such a thing as "fresh ideas" out there?

So, it's time for me to take stock of what I have, what I'm doing. No, I'm not going to bail on the writing business. Absolutely not. This is a challenge to me, figuring my way around this.

I really have to thank the editor at L&L Dreamspell for letting me know just why she wasn't requesting a full on this book. It's probably the biggest help of all. Because without the feedback how can an author grow and improve?

Oh, and I just sent out a query to Avon for Forever Home. So I best get my fingers going on the keyboard and do battle with the Evil Wuzzes.

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posted by Ceri Hebert @ 6:47 PM  
  • At June 8, 2009 at 4:23 AM, Blogger Diane Craver said…

    I'm glad you got a query letter off to Avon - good luck!

    You're right, it is helpful the L & L Dreamspell editor wrote you a personal rejection letter instead of a form letter. I'm sure you'll find the right fit for Forever Home soon.

  • At June 8, 2009 at 5:31 AM, Blogger Marianne Arkins said…

    "Galloping across the prairie was the way she wanted to live her life."

    She wanted to live her life galloping across the prairie.


    Good luck with Avon!!

  • At June 9, 2009 at 1:33 AM, Blogger Ceri Hebert said…


    Now I'm reading my book counting the was's on each page. I'll be obsessed soon.

  • At June 10, 2009 at 5:43 AM, Blogger Denise said…

    If you use Microsoft Word there is a setting in the grammar checker that looks for "passive voice" sentences.

    It will underline your "was" and "been" sentences so you don't have to search.


  • At June 11, 2009 at 8:37 AM, Blogger Diane Craver said…


    Thanks for telling about the passive sentences search feature in MS Word. I didn't know that - very helpful.

  • At June 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM, Blogger Diane Craver said…

    I'm tagging you! Visit my blog. lol

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