Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions - what we do - that we are happy or the reverse... All human happiness and misery take the form of action.During my last round of revisions, my CP (Valerie) alerted me to my overuse of words like felt, noticed, saw, thought, seemed. Well, that and my adverb sickness. Poor Valerie - I think her fingers must have bled from typing "unnecessary adverb" so many times!
If we want our writing to blaze and pop and sizzle, we must stay active and strong in our descriptions. This is an area of weakness for me - but I didn't know that at first. That's why we all need CP's and beta readers.
I am a composition teacher. You don't even want to know how often I nag my students about show vs. tell and passive voice and, yes, adverbs. I was SHOCKED the first time Valerie said I was telling and not showing. I thought, What! That's not possible! But it was possible.
Even when we know the right things to do, we don't always recognize those errors in our own writing - or at least I don't. Things I would recognize and use as "teachable moments" in my students' writing, I am blind to in my own. It's crazy!
Thankfully, I have Valerie, so I can be cured. Hopefully, you have someone too.
Do you have trouble seeing errors or areas of weakness in your own writing?