Last year I got together with a brilliant group of writers through the Creative Hub, and from their feedback and comments I’ve experienced some great ‘light bulb’ moments. It’s amazing how you can know the theory of writing rules or guidelines, be able to see those rules broken or mangled in other writing, and yet be blind to them in your own work.
There have been times in the past twelve months when it’s felt like a blindfold being removed, and suddenly seeing things that had bypassed me before.
Here is a great post on the uses of ‘was’. I’m totally in agreement with the advice to go with it in your first draft, get your story written, and treat ‘was’ as you do adverbs, fixing them up in subsequent drafts.