The Big Reveal

Welcome to The Big Reveal.
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.

What word(s) or phrases show up way too often in your work?


Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
Oh gosh. Unfortunately I have lots of go-tos that I cringe at in the editing process. In no particular order: eyes, starred, look, then, suddenly, smirk. Oh, and people seem to blush a lot!

Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
Haha! Depends on which book. There was one when I used ‘So’ in almost every piece of dialog, lol. And ‘yank’ showed up a lot in my last one. Apparently people yanked everything! One of my cp’s said, um… you can use pull sometimes. Haha!

Jade Hart, Un-agented author
Lol, there’s quite a few!! Umm, let’s see. There’s: Stared, just and again.


Janet Taylor, Un-agented author
I use the word and too much and (see-lol) I’m sure there are others- I have a wonderful critique group that helps me pick up on things like that.

Stacy Stokes, Un-agented author
I’ve noticed lately that I use the word “practically” an unnecessary amount of times. As in, “I practically fell out of my chair.” Eek. Plus the usual suspects: that, and, I. etc.

Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
That, so and just are my worst offenders. I have many others though, which you can see in my Sloppy Writing posts. Thank goodness for betas and word cloud programs.

Joelene B. Perry, Published author
What’s funny is that it changes from project to project. I finished one where JUST was rampant. In another a girl used IDIOT way too often. In another project the best friend said LIKE so much that it even started making ME crazy, and I had to weed them out. Thank GOODNESS for the word search function…

Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
In RUMP I was requested to tone down my potty-humor references, which admittedly, I got a little carried away with. But with a MC named RUMP, can anyone be surprised? Other words my editor pointed out a lot were “think” and “know” and my characters’ eyes often “gleamed,” particularly when they were feeling greedy.


Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author

Krista Van Dolzer, Agented author
“Just,” but I think every writer has a “just” problem:) To be honest, I’ve read so many blog posts on words and phrases to avoid that I often pick up on those when I’m writing the first draft and just delete them right away. (But then, I just used “just” in that last sentence (and this one, too), so what do I know?)

Melodie Wright, Agented author
As, as if, rolled her eyes, speech tags used to show up but not so much now.

So what about you? Which words show up too much in your writing?

6 Responses

  1. Love it!

    What an entertaining post… It’s fun to see how different each of us are… We all have our quirks 😉 And funny because I recognize most of those names up there so now I know their dirty writing habits 😉

  2. “A little.” One of my second-round CPs almost STRANGLED me over “a little.”

    Also, when I did a wordle of my last MS, “eyes” was HUGE. Oooops. 🙂

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