As writers, we love words. But there are some words that should rarely be used or are used in the wrong way. Here’s a list of words I search for in my WIP’s. I’ve used them in bad examples and showed what the sentence would look like if I delete the word. When I find these words, if I can, I hit delete.
There were some flowers in the vase. There were flowers in the vase.
She hoped that he would ask her to marry him. She hoped he would ask her to marry him.
Go over to the neighbor’s house. Go to the neighbor’s house.
She even wanted to get some ice cream. She wanted to get some ice cream.
He set down the book on the table. He set the book on the table.
He started to run. He ran.
Begin, began, begun
He began to sing. He sang.
He was almost six feet tall. He was six feet tall.
I’m doing that right now. I’m doing that now.
She’s such a sweet person. She’s a sweet person. Better yet – She stayed with me until I felt better.
It’s been quite a day. It’s been a day.
Go to the store about 7:00. Go to the store at 7:00.
Then he stormed out. He stormed out.
All of the buildings were torn down. The buildings were torn down.
He seemed like a gentleman. He was a gentleman. Better yet – He opened the door for me.
The dog barked very loudly. The dog barked. (dogs don’t bark softly)
I’ve been tired. I’m tired.
He was only twelve years old. He was twelve years old.
She was real ugly. She was ugly.
She sat on the chair. She sat.
He had known she would leave him. He knew she would leave him.
He ran out into the field. He ran into the field.
He took his clothes off. He undressed.
She glanced up at him. She glanced at him.
I went back to the scene of the crime. I returned to the scene of the crime.
I was being a silly. I was silly. Better yet – I stuck my tongue out and giggled.
She was going to break up with him. She would break up with him.
I have got to go. I have to go.
Was before ing
He was running in the race. He ran in the race.