Monday, May 03, 2010
Monday Mulligan Stew
We all have "special" words we use over and over again when writing: just, look, then, turned, some, very, suddenly.
Word clutter. Words like “seemed” “began” and “tried” weaken what you’re trying to say, I mean saying.
The clean masculine smell of him seemed to surround her.
The clean, masculine smell of him surrounded her.
She took a moment to try and collect her thoughts.
She took a moment to collect her thoughts.
Other words that we have trouble deleting are the "ly" words. Suddenly, slowly, gently, rapidly, quickly. Using them once in a while is good but to have more than one or two a page, gets beastly. LOL
So what are your crutch words? The ones you use too often and have to cut?