Every writer has a set of words that they will frequently turn to when writing. During the editing phase, these words need to be replaced and/or deleted. There will be many common fillers, like so/well/that/look, but writers will have their own lists too. Build a list in an Excel spreadsheet or Word document that you can refer to in future as you edit not just the current, but all manuscripts. Don’t forget to include the various tense iterations on that list: ran/run/running/etc.
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