I’ve been going through the editing process, trying to get my first novel ready for publication and it has recently been brought to my attention that despite my own editing and rewriting I have still overused so many lines and expressions. Painful and annoying.
Which lines and phrases do you overuse? Mine:
- There was/There were – which is silly given in most cases if I cut this part of the sentence off, it still makes perfect sense with very minor adjustments.
- Absolutely – I overuse this when writing in first person. Everything is absolutely something.
- Apparently – Again, I overuse this when writing in first person. Everything is apparent to my protagonist apparently.
There are definitely other words and lines that I abuse with overuse but those three are the ones giving me a headache at the moment. It is interesting how easy it is to overlook something that should be staring you in the face. The fact that I have used these so many times should have leapt right out at me but it didn’t. It would have if I was reading someone else’s work but because it was my own I suddenly became blind and oblivious.
So which words do you overuse? How do you catch them?
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