Gail Radley over at The Writer magazine has earned not only my respect, but my r-e-s-p-e-c-t. In an article titled “Not to be: Removing be verbs from your writing,” she offers a short yet comprehensive checklist on how to edit your writing and cleanse it of some very common errors which even the best of us can make from time to time (i.e. pretty much all the time).
I’ll let her piece stand on its own, but if you have any interest in tidying up and doing a little dusting around the edges of your written work, make sure you check out this article and put its teachings into practice. Do this and maybe you too can write pretty one day!