Sick smiles and hollow laughter
Had to laugh at the idea of the process coming easy to Laurie King on Meg Cabotâ€™s blog (Hi Meg!) Hollow laughter, you understand? Sickly and trailing off into a deep sigh.
Because you know something you never, ever want to do with a computer? Well, yes, that too, but with a piece of your own writing on a computer? You donâ€™t want to do a word search to see how many times you have your characters smile. Or laugh. Or turn around. You donâ€™t want to know how many times you refer to the silence in a room (silence/silent/quiet/still etc) because you might just lay your forehead down on the desk and begin to weep in hopeless despair. You donâ€™t want to look up the word weep, although full points if it only occurs twice in an entire manuscript. Ditto despair.
Iâ€™d write more on this fascinating topic, but I have to go draw lines through words on pieces of paper with my brown pencil.