I’ve probably mentioned that just is one of my favorite words. I don’t know why; I just like putting amongst the other words. Like I did right there. It slips out so easily that I can’t help but find two hundred uses of the word in my 75 K novel. Granted, it’s a small percentage, but considering it’s the same word used the same way, yeah it’s bad. Thus is born the challenge of a writer: writing out your favorite sentence enhancers.
I love only almost as much as I love just. Because those two words, like my friend ‘that,’ don’t add anything except an extra pause. And unfortunately, extra pauses aren’t as good for everyone as they are for me. It’s why I need the toughest, grammar smartest critique partner in the world.
What words do you find peppered all over your manuscript? Do you have any strategies for combating them?