Choosing Words that Make Your Writing a Masterpiece
As I work on my newest WIP, I can tell when I am having a bad day. I use and reuse the same words or phrases all the time. Here are my favorites this week:
Why all my characters are saying this is beyond me!
I promise to try not to use this anymore as a tag. My characters are just happy!
I was just saying...
I don't even know where or why this came about.
- -ing words
- started to
- began to
- all adverbs
Even better, try these free online tools to help tighten your writing:
Writer's Diet Test: http://www.writersdiet.com/wasteline.php
Pro Writing Aid: http://prowritingaid.com/en/Analysis/Editor#
Now, for a bit of fun for those of you with a sense of humor. In honor of WORD CHOICE, check out this funny commercial (WARNING: Language Advisory)
I'd say those word choices are selective!
How about you? What are your favorite words when you write? Which words have you overused?
Melinda Dozier is the author of Love and Other Games: Trouble with Gold and Breaking the Rules available from Swoon Romance and Crimson Romance.