10 DIY EDITING TIPS for a Smoothly Written Ride! Tip #6—Having & Had

POSSESSIVENESS

improving your writing by use of possessiveness

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Replace the word have, or had—and in ninety percent of the cases, your writing snap will soar. Find more descriptive, active words to replace the word “had” or “have”.

Writing Sample #1: The book had a distinctive and snappy way of keeping kept me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end of it. I stayed up all night long, so I could wait to get to the end of it.

REWRITE—Writing Sample #1: With its distinctive, snappy energy, the book kept me awake all night. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not wait for the end.

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