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message 1: by Theodore (last edited May 28, 2017 07:22AM) (new)

Theodore Cohen (theodorejeromecohen) | 1417 comments I was thinking this morning about Anthony Bruno (He wrote The Iceman, among many other fine books.) He was my wife's step-brother-in-law and a damn good crime/mystery writer to boot. He died way before his time, on August 28, 2014, leaving behind a beautiful wife and daughter...and his blog, which every aspiring writer should read.

It matters not which genre piques your interest; Bruno, as he liked to be called, had something to say about everything. And today, as I was looking through his many blog entries, I stumbled upon this one, which I commend to your attention:

https://anthonybruno.net/2014/06/06/2...

This piece struck a chord with me because the two words he mentions happen to be two I find myself using from time to time in my own writing. They are terrible! And yet they sneak in like a thief in the night, stealing the quality from my efforts. See if you don't agree they are the worst!

I think you will enjoy what he had to say.


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Theodore Cohen (theodorejeromecohen) | 1417 comments Theodore wrote: "I was thinking this morning about Anthony Bruno (He wrote The Iceman, among many other fine books.) He was my wife's step-brother-in-law and a damn good crime/mystery writer to boot. He died way be..."

There are lots of "bad" words.

In speaking, don't you just love people who begin a sentence with:

"So, blah, blah, blah."?

I'm getting old. (;>)


Roughseasinthemed | 27 comments Interesting post. I worked on a book recently and found myself editing out 'just' and 'now'. Superfluous text.


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Carrie D. Miller (carriedmiller) | 89 comments I agree with him on 'suddenly'. I try to stay away from it. But I have a problem with 'just' and end up editing most of its use out. I think 'now' has its uses, but as he mentions, it all depends on how it's used. Good article.


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Theodore Cohen (theodorejeromecohen) | 1417 comments Carrie wrote: "I agree with him on 'suddenly'. I try to stay away from it. But I have a problem with 'just' and end up editing most of its use out. I think 'now' has its uses, but as he mentions, it all depends o..."

Thanks, Carrie.

I love to "play" with words. And the English language is so robust!


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Carole P. Roman | 4600 comments Mod
Great post. Guilty of all of them- Makes you want to go back and pull in the work and redo it.

Makes me wonder what the heck all those editors were doing if they read our work- why didn't they suggest we take them out??


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Theodore Cohen (theodorejeromecohen) | 1417 comments Carole wrote: "Great post. Guilty of all of them- Makes you want to go back and pull in the work and redo it.

Makes me wonder what the heck all those editors were doing if they read our work- why didn't they su..."


LOL Good point. That may be why some are our "erstwhile" editors.


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Mary Ellen Woods (maryellen_woods) | 76 comments If human editors aren't catching those words try ProWritingAid. It taught me my overused words...just is my downfall. I ran a 92,000 word manuscript through PWA and went down to 89,000 just (lol) by eliminating such words.


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Theodore Cohen (theodorejeromecohen) | 1417 comments Mary Ellen wrote: "If human editors aren't catching those words try ProWritingAid. It taught me my overused words...just is my downfall. I ran a 92,000 word manuscript through PWA and went down to 89,000 just (lol) b..."

Interesting!


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Theodore Cohen (theodorejeromecohen) | 1417 comments R. wrote: "I personally allow myself at least two "suddenly's" per manuscript. It's a word after all, and a useful one at that."

I can understand that, especially in a children's book.


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Ellis Knox (sknox) | 22 comments Good thread. I agree wrt editors. I'm thinking of using a draft rather than a final version to send off to prospective editors for their free evaluation. If they do not jump all over "just" and "suddenly" and "now" then they don't pass the test.


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Eldon Farrell | 285 comments "That" tends to be another useless word in most cases.


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Eldon Farrell | 285 comments Mary Ellen wrote: "If human editors aren't catching those words try ProWritingAid. It taught me my overused words...just is my downfall. I ran a 92,000 word manuscript through PWA and went down to 89,000 just (lol) b..."

I'm a fellow believer in ProWriting Aid...it's well worth the investment :)


message 14: by Theodore (new)

Theodore Cohen (theodorejeromecohen) | 1417 comments Eldon wrote: ""That" tends to be another useless word in most cases."

That often is true...though there are exceptions. (;>)


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Eldon Farrell | 285 comments Theodore wrote: "Eldon wrote: ""That" tends to be another useless word in most cases."

That often is true...though there are exceptions. (;>)"


How true!


message 16: by Amy (new)

Amy Hamilton | 2560 comments I have a cull list. It's part of my editing process.


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Alex Carver | 4626 comments Eldon wrote: ""That" tends to be another useless word in most cases."

'That' is one word I have been doing quite well at eliminating, I believe I've cut usage of it by over 50%, now if only I could do the same for other words.


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Eldon Farrell | 285 comments Alex wrote: "Eldon wrote: ""That" tends to be another useless word in most cases."

'That' is one word I have been doing quite well at eliminating, I believe I've cut usage of it by over 50%, now if only I coul..."


ProWriting Aid could help you achieve that ;)


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