Sloppy Writing 101.55

  I haven’t done any sloppy writing posts for a while, but trust me, I still have lots of issues to fix. The point of doing these posts is to point out ways I’m trying to clean up my writing. There are so many unnecessary words out there that plague my stories, I end up…
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Sloppy Writing 101.54

  SORT OF and KIND OF often appear on the lists or words to watch out for. They’re often unnecessary and can easily be deleted. Even if you want it in there as the character’s voice, you should avoid using it too much.   I went through The Proper Way to Say Goodbye and deleted…
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Sloppy Writing 101.53

  To be verbs. They always show up on the list of words you should avoid. To be verbs can often make a sentence weak or passive. And many sentences can be improved by using a stronger verb. A more descriptive word.   So the ones you want to look for are: is/am/are/was/were/be/been/being. Here are…
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Sloppy Writing 101.52

I’ve got a word to watch for that I’m sure some will be surprised about. WHEN. I’ve seen a few writers’ blogs talk about this, and once I started to look at my manuscript, I could kinda see it.   The problem with WHEN is, sometimes it turns a sentence into a telling sentence. Take…
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Sloppy Writing 101.51

Last week I talked about how I was overusing the word MADE when I could be using so much better words. So I’ll do another along that line. GET.   So sometimes I could just delete the GET because it was unnecessary. I tightened my sentence. No, it’s really not a lot of words, but…
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