There are a handful of words that somehow sneak past my radar and into my writing even though I know, I know, they shouldn’t be there. They always end up scattered through the pages, anyway–and it’s usually quite a few of them.
Today I thought I’d share a list of the words I have to keep an eye out for when I’m editing. 99 times out of 100, they can be deleted.
- ‘like’ when it should be ‘as if’ or ‘as though’
- dialogue tags other than said
- a lot
What words do you give the chopping block when you edit?
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