Has your WIP had a physical lately?

After having a Critique Doctor review my WIP (btw, Diana liked my new piece), I found it suffers from a few common illnesses.  My WIP is like an old bag lady that hasn’t had a physical in twenty years; some of her ailments are creepy.  Here are a few things your doctor might check for:

rhinoredundancy virus [rahy-noh-ri-duhn-duhn-see] noun
any of a varied and widespread forms of a word responsible for many redundant uses, including the common repeat.

Most of the time, I catch and correct this mistake before I send it out for review.  It’s something I do ALL THE TIME with a really obvious/descriptive word or verb.  It’s quite comical now how often I do it.   But I also have my favorites:  feel, like, look.
                                              


tellyngitis [tel-uhn-jahy-tisnoun Pathology.
inflammation of the telling, often with accompanying sore dialogue tags, hoarseness or loss of show, and dry story.

Need I say more?

swinetense flu  [swahyn-tens] noun Pathology.
a highly contagious form of verbs caused by infection unable to filter the past, present and future virus first isolated from swine.

This is a new illness that has been popping up.  Like most pieces, my WIP narrative is past tense and my dialogue is present tense.  But lately it’s been all over the map.  I can only guess it’s coming from all the books I’ve read lately in first person.  My WIP is desperately trying to be in the present.  If it becomes a problem, I might have to revise.

rheumatoid edititis [roo-muh-toid][ed-it-it is] noun
acute or chronic inflammation of a WIP joints, often accompanied by pain and structural changes and having diverse causes, as correcting of writers tell, information deposition, or loss of MC voice.

I get this every time just before I send a chapter to my critique partner, which I don’t mind.  Usually it’s been awhile since I wrote the chapter and it gets it first real edit.

writer’s blockkemia [blok-kee-mee-uh] noun Pathology.       
any of several cancers of the muse marrow that prevent the normal manufacture of word and thought cells and platelets, resulting in nothing, increased susceptibility to taking a break, and impaired word clotting.

See this is what happens when I have time away from the computer (aka vacation, kids out of school).  If I’m not writing every day, I lose my momentum, my mojo and the MC’s voice slowly slips from my memory and I have trouble getting started again.

What does your WIP suffer from?