Friday Five: A Writer’s Ticks

I’m out of town this weekend, in middle-of-nowhere Mountain Home, Idaho visiting my new nephew. That’s why today’s Friday Five is short and sweet. Since I’m currently cleaning up my now complete WIP (can I still call it that?), I decided to focus on my writing ticks, namely, my five most prominently used and completely useless words/phrases/punctuations. Embarrassingly enough, I wiped out a few hundred from WIP’s count just by deleting no-impact ticks. Without further ado, here they are:

1)      Wonder (as in: I wonder what I did to upset her. How about: What could I have done to upset her? )

2)      Really (as in: I’m not really sure.)

3)      The semi-colon – I still use it, but sparingly

4)      I know (as in: I know tears are streaming down my cheeks.)

5)      Just (as in: He stopped by just before noon.)

Thank God for Microsoft’s FIND function! So, I showed you mine… what are your writing ticks?

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4 responses to “Friday Five: A Writer’s Ticks

  1. I have a couple and I use them all the time so it’s a headache to go back and fix.

    Feel. It pops up all the time in my writing. I should trust my voice more and “know” that my readers understand what I’m trying to get across.

    Very- (is this the most useless word?) If you add “very” to anything then chances are the word it’s describing isn’t strong enough.

    Those are just a few of my clutter words. I’m the Queen of clutter. I had a 127,000 word rough draft and cut it to 93,000. Talk about wordy!!

    • Yes, they are a headache! Thank goodness for the FIND function 🙂 And yes, very is another of my problem words, though with a YA voice, sometimes I let it slide. Glad to know I’m not the only wordy one!

  2. Oh, lord. You probably know my ticks better than me! Let’s see…

    just
    really
    that
    very
    but
    suddenly
    sob/sobs/sobbed
    pull/pulls/pulled
    curl/curls/curled (this is a new one–killing me in FLAWED!)

    This is depressing. If I keep going, I might give up writing… 🙂