OVERUSED WORDS AND PHRASES

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.

Great.

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.

COMMON PITFALLS

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

Decide

Essentially, even, exciting, experience, extremely

Fast, feel, feel like, frown

Get, go, good, great

Have, hear, honestly

I, imagine, incredible, incredibly, interesting, is

Know

Laugh, like, literally, little, look, loud

Nauseated, nauseous, nice, nod, noisy, note, notice

Only

Pleasant

Quick, quite

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

Very

Want, was, watch, went, were, wonder