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Words Are Ebil

Yesterday I entered Revisions Hell.

Revisions Hell

It is not really a nice place to be, but maybe I can at least get a tan while I’m visiting.

I discovered, just while doing spell check, that I am a word addict.  Not in the general sense of ‘I’m a writer, I’m addicted to words.’  No, I fall into the ‘I just can’t help myself, I must use this word over and over and over again and misspell it EVERY DAMN TIME.’

I also make words up.  Particularly adverbs, which I should be limiting, not making up more of.

I cannot help myself when it comes to complicated sentences that look like comma confetti.  I cannot tell you just how many sentences I’ve had to pick apart, simply because they are impossible to read.

I have, apparently, left sanity behind at some point.  And the rules of grammar.  (Ok, my grammar isn’t too bad, I’m not often finding things that are glaring mistakes or massive mis-usages.  Which is just wonderful.  I am just prone to gross abuse of those rules.)  And there I go making up words again!

So, here is my little list of words I over use with a glorious disregard to conventions of literature:

Embarrass – FMC (female main character) is always embarrassed and I spell it wrong every single time.

Murmur – None of my characters are very up on diction and enunciation.  Go figure.

Scraggly – This is a particular favorite of mine.  Everyone needs to go get themselves cleaned up, since half my characters are described as being scraggly.

Eyes – I have a distinct obsession with my characters’ eyes and I refuse to use words like ‘orbs,’ and ‘optics’ to replace it.

Though – I have no defense, though I’m having a hard time getting rid of them.

Weird – This is another one I habitually misspell.  And yes, everything is weird.

Guilt – Not remorse, retribution, blame, culpability or any other synonym.  Just guilt.

There are more.  So many more.  I should keep a proper list and share the whole thing.   I have made good friends with a thesaurus to help with this horrible affliction.


Comments on: "Words Are Ebil" (4)

  1. Ha awesome post, I know exactly what you’re talking about. My over-used words are: suddenly, drawled, bastard, and slightly. When my friend edited my book, her first edit was to hand me a list of words, told me to do a ctrl+F for each one, and that she wouldn’t read any more until I had deleted/changed 50% of them.

    • Shira Windschitl said:

      That is fabulous lol I am actually not prone to ‘suddenly,’ though I write it a lot just to delete it immediately. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m awful with though. I tend to write it in, and then in first round of edits I take out all the unnecessary ones. “That” is another bad one. “Just.” and I use character names a lot more than I probably should. I feel your pain. :/ Revisions are not fun at all.

    • Shira Windschitl said:

      ‘that’ I am very good at avoiding. I also get very bad about not putting in their names now and then. I just got through a scene where I had no proper names at all. I don’t even know how I managed that. I’ve also been finding some really strange tense changes lately.

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