I love that quote and think just for fun, I'll use it in my novel. I'll substitute damn. I like it.My words are that and just. I once removed 632 thats from my ms. crazy how we write.BTW, you followed me, I follow you.
Oh yes, very creeps in there and I have to take it out later! So does, "just" and "that"
I'm with Piedmont. Mine is just too. I removed over 400 from my ms. Crazy. ~JD
I overused so many the first time through, I couldn't even begin to list them all!Damn.
'Just' and 'actually' are two I have to watch out for. And 'that'.
Just, most, much, many...I keep a word list that I go through on my 2nd draft, never the 1st! I use the Ctrl+F (find) function and search for those words, pulling them unless they are absolutely necessary, which they hardly ever are.
I just can't seem to get enough of "just." There are a few others, but just seems to be the worst for me. I don't worry about it too much while writing, and then word search it and fix in an edit.
That, and just, for me, too, but also again, now, and it. That first draft is just such an awful mess, now I have to go over it again. Thanks for the reminder!
OMG- that is so true! I wonder if I can substitute it for my adverbs too...
Hahaha! Great tip! Oh, how I love 'really'!I also love 'anyway'. I don't know why but I seem to overuse that one.
Thanks for the Canada Day wishes :)My first drafts are littered with my favourite words to overuse - really, just, seemed, felt, look... Thankfully there's Wordle and the Find & Replace tool :)
The very good advice. Very, very good! ;)
The words I overuse seem to be distinct for each blog and manuscript. I probably use "that" more often than necessary.Funny quote.Malcolm
I've seen that quote before. It always makes me laugh.So, Was, That.As in:She was so sad that her cat died.
Love the quote. It's a damn good one. (Just practicing substituting.)Probably "that" is one I search and find then change whenever possible.Straight From Hel
Thanks everyone - you've also reminded me of SEVERal that I've missed as well--including "that" and "just". I realized that I also use "realized" A LOT :) This list is significantly longer than I originally thought!
I love that quote, I'll keep it in mind next time I'm feeling extra adverb-y.
I think I'm good at not over-using words in dialogue, but outside of it, I do tend to make my characters sigh a lot. So then I have to find another way of showing their weariness or whatever instead of having "sigh" pop up on every page. xD
I love that quote! Very is a sneaky word. So is just. And suddenly.
<3 Mark Twain!Qualifiers get me too, but especially when I'm blogging or just writing as me. I use "just" a lot, as well as "really" and "actually." There's the phrase "I mean" too. Ack!
It's wierd isn't it? Even when you know better, 'just' and 'that' just can't help sneaking themselves in. :)
I do pretty much all of the above. My first drafts are HORRIBLE. HORRIBLE!
"Just" and "that" are my two greatest offenders. I can cut a huge chunk from any first draft by taking out extraneous adverbs and those two words.
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