I've been doing a lot of critiquing lately, of my work, my critique partner's work, and for another writer I hope will become my second critique partner. Since I am in an editing frame of mind, I decided to discuss repetitive words. You know, the ones that sneak into your sentences without you even realizing they're there.
Was. That. Seemed. Felt. Even. Just. And. Then. Ever.
My other problem words are there, their, and they're. I know what they all mean and when to use them, yet I routinely find I've used the incorrect form.
When I perform an edit, the above words are at the top of my search and destroy list.
What words or phrases do you tend to repeat in your writing?
- It is said that good things come to those who wait. I believe that good things come to those who work. - Wilt Chamberlain
- A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. - Richard Bach
- You don't find time to write. You make time. It's my job. - Nora Roberts
- Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. - Buddha
- Luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it. - Denzel Washington
- I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying. - Michael Jordan