Since we're getting down to the wire, it's okay to start looking at word choices that throw us out of the story. BUT if there are still bigger issues in plot, character, pacing, etc. that need to be resolved, the rule is always structure first. Words and syntax are polishing tools and won't shore up a story that can't yet support itself.
Also, a note for writers. The Novemeber workshop will start November 5th. We have some secret guest critiquers, so tune in next week to find out who is going to be jumping in to help our next intrepid batch of writers.
Martina and Lisa