Today’s Writing Tip

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As writers we all have our own style and part of that is our use of words. We all have our favorite, which we tend to overuse. One I have to watch out for in my writing is “massive.” I don’t know what I like that word so much, but it tends to be what comes to mind first.

Always check your manuscript for over-used words and phrases, not only your personal favorites but common phrases such as: so, just, in order to, therefore, however, or any of your personal favorites.

It’s also easy to fall in love with a newly discovered word, then use it so much it annoys your readers. Remember the “spice analogy” for big, $5 words: A pinch of cayenne may be just what your stew needs, but over-doing it is going to backfire and be more of a distraction than story “flavor enhancer.”

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Today’s Writing Tip

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Do you ever check your manuscript for over-used words? Some editing software will do this for you. Otherwise, think of words you may use too often. One I used more than I realized was massive. We all have our favorite adjectives and adverbs. Make sure you don’t wear it out.

Don’t worry about this during your first draft. That can slow down your creative flow as you get your story on paper. However, when you get to your first edit, watch for them. When one stands out, search on it so you can replace its repeated usage with as many synonyms as possible.

Today’s Writing Tip

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Always check your manuscript for over-used words and phrases, such as: so, just, in order to, therefore, or any of your personal favorites. It’s easy to fall in love with a newly discovered word, then use it so much it annoys your readers. Some of the words I’ve seen over-used are ubiquitous, baleful, and humongous. You’re probably not even aware of this on the first draft, so put it on your list as something to look for when you start to edit. Once you discover your favorite, learn all its synonyms so you can replace it with ease.