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Sloppy Writing 101.15

May 18, 2012 by Suzi

Quick note: Thank you to Kelley Lynn for choosing me as one of her winners of the Oh Those High School Dances Blog Hop. I won best dressed, thanks to my metallic royal blue lamae dress. Check out her site for the other winners. For my prize, I got a book and I picked HUSHED by Kelley York. So thank you to Kelley Lynn.

Now back to Sloppy Writing.

Another little word that pops up too often in my writing is shown in the examples below from my early FROSTY manuscript.

-It was all Mom could afford, but I’d loved our mini vacations and we always had fun.

-I hated how girls always had to go to the bathroom in teams, and this was the same thing.

-Buy something fun instead of those stupid t-shirts you always wear.

That word would be always. I just don’t need it. I can take the three always out of the above sentences and it doesn’t alter them one bit. An easy fix: DELETE.

I didn’t do a word count, because so many of those always are necessary, but trust me; I got rid of many of them. So make sure your always are always necessary.


  1. Oh dear! I’ll have to do a check on this word in my manuscript. I’m SURE I overuse this one as well. :)

  2. I never thought of always as being a “bad word” but that makes so much sense!

  3. Frosty sounds like a great story too! Let me know when you might want a beta reader :)


  4. Hmm, this is another word I should check for.


  5. Cassie Mae says:

    You mean, I don’t always need this word? 😉

  6. Kelley Lynn says:

    Always make sure your always are necessary… haha :)

    And you’re SO welcome!!! Thanks again for participating! :)

  7. PK Hrezo says:

    Hi there! I’m just getting caught up from the blogfest. Cheers to The Outsiders! And yep, The Reflex was an awesome song. Duran Duran was my first concert ever. :) Oh and wanna hear something funny?? I wore a metallic blue lamae dress to prm. LOL!!! Oh the memories……

  8. Dana says:

    Congrats on your award!

    I enjoy reading your writing tips. :)

  9. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    Hey, there’s an award for you on my blog! :)

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