When I first started writing seriously, I had a few words I liked to use over and over. Just and that. How many of you have the same problem? Now, whenever I see either of those words, I always wonder if I can take it out. My critique partners must be tired of me telling them they had too many 'thats' or 'justs' by now. It's one of the first things I notice.
However, they caught me with a new pet word the other night. "So." *Insert head to desk* Seriously, how could that happen? I mean really... Now I have to go back and check each time so is in there to see if it's just a filler word or actually needs to be there. Sigh...
Thing is... We all have our pet words. Mine just happened to change once I noticed. I'll have to be more alert as I weed out the all the times I used so and didn't need to. Cause I know there'll be another word ready to take its place.
One of the best books on self-editing is called The 10% Solution by Ken Rand. It's a small thing, only 63 pages but honestly, it's the best money I've spent on a writing book. You can find it at Fairwood Press. He has a really helpful list of things to check for in your writing.
So, :-) what about you? Got a favorite word?