Sixty percent of the way through mechanical edits on the ghost story now, and I’m wondering if I will ever work some tics out of my prose. I’m far too prone still to starting sentences with conjunctions, though to be fair mostly in dialog. Still, they add up even there.
Using “there” too much as well. At least my “that” count is down.
Of course, I know the actual reasons why some of the tics show up in writing (and not only mine). Overuse of verbs like have, know, feel and see arises mostly from idiomatic forms where they take the place of a more precise (and thus desirable) verb. Then again, some of the ghost story deals with the actual senses or qualities in question, which makes applying AutoCrit tricky.
One section I decided to let up on. It’s on the phantasmagorical side, and less than two thousand words, so I figured it should sound different from the rest of the story at the usage level too.