I think more than one of my crit partners are going to be laughing at the fact that I chose this as my P-day topic. You see, I have certain words and phrases that I enjoy using.
I'm thinking about the the she steppeds, he looked then she looked and he looked backs, oh and my personal favorite: the saids.
Yep. I abuse my phrases with wild abandon. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if my crit partners' eyes bled at least once in the reading of my story.
But then, I've always known it was a weakness. In fact, it's one of the reasons why I got crit partners. I got so used to seeing my oft repeated favorite words (I mean, I've been known to repeat the same word three times in two sentences.) that I don't really notice them any more.
Oh yeah. There's another list of phrases. The reallys and verys. I really really like my reallys.
Fortunately, my CPs are merciless when the highlight my sins, because I'd be completely lost without them. (Hah! I bet you thought I'd say very.)
But, to me, this is one of those things that I store in the back of my mind for my edits.
Well (another one), can you imagine how long my rewrite would be if I had to go back to every sentence to get rid of those phrases? Especially given that I have phrase-abuse-blindness?
I'd never get the rewrite done.
So... give me until June. Then I'm going to delete those suckers into oblivion...
What are your favorite words to abuse? Do you edit them out immediately? Or do you follow my approach and dedicate time in edits to them?