Tip: A redundancy is the use of a word or words that are not necessary and can be eliminated without losing the meaning of the sentence. “That” is often a redundant word. Go over your manuscript. Are there any places where “that” can be eliminated? So are things like: each and every (one or the other, not both); first and foremost (first); blue in color (blue); return back(return); full and complete(either one, not both); period of time (time), etc.

Thought: “The man or woman who doesn’t write holds no advantage over the one who can’t.” – Mark Twain

Teaser: What does your main character like to watch on TV? What kind of music does s/he like? Make a list of media choices your character would make (movies vs video vs TV, etc)