On the first Wednesday of the month, we talk about our insecurities, or share some helpful information with you. Since I don't have new doubts and fears, I'll share some information with you.
If you're anything like me, you're a bit attached to the words that create your story. Sometimes you hate to cut them out if they're not helping the story more forward. Today we'll discuss overused words you might consider cutting from your work.
- I guess: I remember writing one of my children's books. I sent it to my sister for her comments.She noticed immediately there were too many "I guess" comments. I hadn't even realized it until she mentioned it.
- Then: It's not needed. You're describing what happened next. Why do you need it?
- Then and than: These two words are often confused. Remember than is used in comparisons. For example: Joe is taller than Eddie.
- as: This little word can easily be edited out. You could consider cutting it and making another sentence. For example, Mary raced to the door, as Eleanor lagged behind. Example: Mary raced to the door. Eleanor lagged behind.
- Exclamation points: It's easy to get carried away with overusing them. Remember, most editors find them boring. If your writing is engaging, readers will feel the excitement without them. You should rarely use them.
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I overuse all those words. Thank you for the info, Deanie. I definitely need to cut them from my next manuscript.ReplyDelete
So glad my comments helped you, Murees. I"m going to try to write a longer article on this subject because it reminds everyone about this.ReplyDelete
I'm so guilty of overusing exclamation points. It's something I am working on stopping. Thanks for the tips, Deanie. :)ReplyDelete
I think we've all done that Julie. You're welcome. So glad they were helpful. Have a great day.ReplyDelete