The night started out so well. Me in my Throne of Writing(tm). I vanquished 'looked', an old foe of mine. I cut 'felt' down to size and made it fit more comfortably. Then I looked at 'was' and I despaired. I used 'was' a LOT in this novel and this chapter in particular.
I racked my brain for hours, trying to rephrase dozens of sentences so they didn't use 'was'. It was hard. (see, there's another one!) Just about all of my short, simple sentences used 'was'.
I tamed, it, I think. There were a few sentences where no other word fit. Just so you know, if any of you ever end up reading Angel Odyssey and you get to chapter 5 and you find a 'was'...then you know that particular 'was' kicked my ass.
So, that's the next part of my education I'm going to tackle. How to beat 'was'. If anyone has any books or online resources I should try, please email me or leave a comment. (Strunk and White didn't help)
Tonight is IM gaming night but tomorrow I'll be finishing the second draft novel. I promise.