Jennifer's list of forbidden words
Last week, I blogged about not following the rules. Today, I’m going to tell you about one of the rules I actually DO follow. It’s a list of commonly overused words. Now, some writers will say you can NEVER use ANY of these words in your manuscript—EVER!!!!! I, being the rule-breaker I am, say you most definitely can, but with restraint.
When I edit, one of the first things I do is go through my manuscript and search for overused words. I examine the sentences and paragraphs and decide if the word should be there or if I can rewrite the sentence to be stronger without the word. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can’t.
I recently looked for my list of words and couldn’t find it. But at the writer’s conference, one of the workshops provided us with the list again. So, I’m reprinting that list here:
Again, use this list with a grain of salt. Not every single one has to be eliminated. I certainly won’t tell!