“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
As of late I’ve been a bit obsessed with dictation. This is especially true when it comes to my speech-recognition software. I love to hear myself read what I wrote down and make corrections on the fly. No more stumbling over words that don’t belong but feel pretty on that first go around. In doing this though I find there are words I fall to more often than not. So hopefully in sharing those words and phrases you’ll avoid the same pitfalls in your manuscript. Of course these words don’t have to be completely taken out, try to keep them to minimum however.
When describing a series of events, the word finally indicates laziness on the part of the writer. Finally implies an exhaustion or distaste for the series.
You have something, without the got.
often / frequently
The readers have unique opinions of what constitutes frequently or often. Such measures of time are matters of perspective.
Nothing real is perfect. However, one makes exceptions for perfect scores, perfect angles, and the perfect tense of verbs.
I have a hard time removing “just,” especially in dialogue. But for the most part, you don’t need it, and too many can make your dialogue or prose repetitive.
These are a few of the countless errors I’ve made. Hopefully you won’t fall into the same traps. So until next time have a writeous day!