Three Simple Document Searches To Improve Your Writing
Start your editing with these three searches to make major improvements
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.