Thursday, March 17, 2011

Words that you hate


I've been in a busy state of editing my WIP the past couple of days. I read through all the pages making note of all the ugly adverbs I've used or repeated phrases, and I've discovered that the amount of times I used "suddenly" and "slowly" was scary... so, I planned to get rid of those two words.

That got me thinking that there are some words or phrases that when I'm writing, or even when I'm reading, that does make me cringe, or at least bugs me.  "And suddenly" being one of those at the top of my list.

Are there any words that you eliminate from your novel because you overuse it or really hate it or cringe when you're reading?

8 comments:

Julie Musil said...

Oh yes. I use "then" way too much. My critique partner pointed it out and now I need to do a find and replace! good luck with your revision.

Alleged Author said...

I use the word "just" way too much. I think I eliminated it about 67 times from my wip. So sad.

Katie said...

"really" and "definitely." I think I use those words more than anything else! Somewhat like you described, I find myself going back and intentionally deleting those words whenever I find them...

Jessica Bell said...

LOL. I hate 'smile'. Not because it really is al that bad, but it's really hard not to use so often because all the alternatives mean something different! But it's still bugs me if someone smiled every secon line. Which yes, I HAVE come across before!

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

I have a loooong list of words I hate, but the only ones I can think of right now are "finally" and "that."

Jolene Perry said...

One that's been "suddenly" cropping up everywhere is "that" AAAHHH!
You don't need it hardly ever! And yet it still creeps in...

Suzanne said...

I hate a sentence starting with "There is" or "There are." So weak. Just nothing strong about it at all.

T.F. Walsh said...

I have an elimination list that I search, such as 'that', 'over' and 'toward'

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