(and I've had two of them now, which makes four passes in all)
I use these words too much:
"continued" (we're talking 123 times, but I managed to cut it down to 44. No easy task.)
"scoffed" (I fear I use it incorrectly, as well)
"paused" (my new go-to is "hesitate." I might be deleting that one during the third pass.)
I expect people to be mind-readers. They're not. Not even my editor. Who should be, right?
I am absolutely rubbish at the proper use of the em-dash.
Speaking of punctuation and over-usages, I also overuse (and misuse) ellipses. We're all shocked. . . . .
I can't count - if the way I numbered my chapters is any indication.
Cutting word count is effing hard. I'm much too long-winded for that. Ask anyone.
Evidently, it doesn't faze this writer when I use the same word four times in one paragraph.
Oh well. Moving on. Here's to Round Three!