Here's another thing I've been noticing a lot in my reviewing/critiquing of other writers' work. The word 'that' is used way too much, and often in places it's not needed.
'That' is one of those very useful words, but in many cases, the sentence reads just as well without it. Better usually. I find it helpful to search my MS for 'that's, read the sentences aloud with the 'that' in there, and then without. If it still makes sense without the 'that', it's cut.
For example: She wants you to know that
she’s visiting her mother.
If you write that sentence without the 'that', it still makes sense and in fact reads more smoothly than with it there. See?
She wants you to know she’s visiting her mother.
There are, of course, places where you really need to use 'that' or the sentence doesn't make sense, so don't go cutting them all out just because you realize you've got 12 on one page.....
Do you overuse 'that'?