I’m editing a short story and as I go through it, the word “was” appears, a lot. Too much really. It looks lazy when I’m sure, in most cases, there’s a better verb lurking in my vocabulary.
It’s a weakness of mine to use it often. “Was” is one of those words that I fire out in the midst of writing without thinking whether there may be a more descriptive or evocative verb. Something so simple as “the room measured twenty feet by forty feet” instead of, “the room was twenty feet by forty feet.” Maybe not the most exciting sentence, but if it’s the third one containing “was” then I think it’s an improvement to replace it.
Back to the “was” hunt.