I have finished a pass on SoGlog Southfield and have now picked up editing Aster Marigold. First edit will be to remove passive voice which means going through the document and looking for every instance of WAS and rewording where necessary. There are currently >1220 instances of WAS in the book. I would like to get that under 200.
I leave most instances of WAS when used in dialog because that is just how people talk. There are other cases when was is just what is called for and is needed. But most of the WAS instances was lazy writing.