You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? Those little pests that cause big problems, creeping into prose and poetry like a virus. You insert a favorite phrase. It seems so right that you insert it a few more times.
Until you realize you’ve repeated it ad nauseam.
No worries. Even if you don’t find a substitute phrase in these pages, you’ll learn how to engage your ingenuity and create alternatives.
Although you’ll encounter a few “rules” in this book, writing is not rules. It is a fusion of emotions, senses, and conflict. Whatever engages your readers should be the rule.
Check your writing for the following and handle them with care. I’ve included many in the lists throughout this book.
About, absolutely, almost, amazing, are, assume, awesome
Bad, basically, be, be able to, beautiful, been, begin, being, believe, big, bring
Can, clear the throat
Essentially, even, exciting, experience, extremely
Fast, feel, feel like, frown
Get, go, good, great
Have, hear, honestly
I, imagine, incredible, incredibly, interesting, is
Laugh, like, literally, little, look, loud
Nauseated, nauseous, nice, nod, noisy, note, notice
Realize, really, remember
Said, say, scowl, see, seem, shrug, sigh, sit, small, smile, sound, sound like, start
Taste, that, then, think, totally, touch, try
Unbelievable, unique, use
Want, was, watch, went, were, wonder