It's amazing what you learn about yourself while swimming through the editing process. In the last email from my editor, she told me to go through my manuscript and delete all the redundant sentences, that there were quite a few all the way through and that those kinds of sentences are unnecessary. What? I don't do that!
At first, I rebelled but then quickly realized she knew what she was talking about. I had a tendency to say the same thing, but in different ways, two or three times in a paragraph! How annoying!
Then, to make matters more personal, I was telling my husband about this and he tactfully informed me that I talk that way in everyday life too! It's almost laughable! So I set out to really be aware and you know what? HE IS RIGHT! (insert expletive here)
Tonight we went out to dinner and with a big smile, the hubby announced, "You haven't repeated one thing today!" Big wow. LOL That's because now I'm hyper aware of that super annoying bad habit! Also, I always notice when other people do it and you know what? A LOT OF PEOPLE DO! We must all think everyone else is monumentally slow. Why else the need to say the same thing over and over? Maybe it's just a human tendency. I don't know, but I do know this. As of now, there is one less person of redundance in the world!