Three Simple Document Searches To Improve Your Writing

Start your editing with these three searches to make major improvements

Doug Green
Dec 27, 2019 · 1 min read
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I use three simple searches to begin the editing phase of my writing and they save me a great deal of time and effort.

#1 Do a search on the entire document for the letter combination “ing”. This highlights most of the passive verbs.

#2 Do a document search for “ly”. This highlight the adverbs.

#3 A third search is on the word “and”. Investigate all sentences where you use this to see whether you can eliminate or restructure the sentence.

I use Scrivener and a “project search” allows me to get a first draft edit done quickly and easily with these three steps. It will work the same way if you’re using any of the major word processors.

Doug Green

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Former nurseryman, now writer and curious about what’s over the next hill and how to get there in either my Triumph Spitfire or sailboat.

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