So, my second beta-reader has given me some quick, general feedback. The most significant one being that I need to axe some adverbs. It appears that I’ve overused several and need to cut a bunch out.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing. Adverbs like clearly, obviously, actually were frequent and numerous, and I’ve cut out probably 90 percent of them. It’s crazy to use the Find function in Microsoft Word and see just how many instances of these offending words are.
This is what’s great about beta-readers… They catch things you don’t see, and different readers find different things. Keep in mind I still haven’t given my manuscript to the person who will actually be editing.