“PEOPLE DO JUDGE YOU BY THE WORDS YOU USE”—a commercial
I’m dissecting the article Hunting Down the Pleonasm, by Allen Guthrie, using it as a cattle prod to search for little nasties in my manuscript. Yep, you can join in the fun, too. Let’s take a looksee at topic #29
I Love Love Love smile and shrug. I’ve learned to curb my sighing, but I used to be guilty of that too.
I think smiling and grinning are overused in a lot of writing. I really don’t worry about it in a first draft. I let them smile and shrug away. But these words are on my list of little buggers to pare down when I’m all done.
I just go in to my manuscript, do a search for “shrug” and my manuscript lights up like a Christmas tree. So like a good little editor, I give my manuscript a present and curb them down to once every 50 pages or so.
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Thanks for reblogging!
Wanted to keep in touch…I have to watch both my word pattern habits AND recycling subject matter! Get too lazy on either and nobody will read “me” anymore.