Epistolary

There are people who still write letters. It's true. I received one today. It was a letter that contained words that flooded my body with tingles of happiness. Would you like me to share? Okay, but just a few lines - it was a personal letter, after all. Thank you for sending your book to … Continue reading Epistolary

List-ing

Clothes. Protection. Hat. That’s what she needed. And shoes, comfortable and strong hiking shoes that would get her across the desert without killing every nerve in her legs and back. What else did she need? It would take a list, of course, but she had plenty of time, plenty of time indeed. It was a … Continue reading List-ing

Crutch Words – the Word Police

The Word Police are on the trail of transgressors – are your words on their list?

Myths of the Mirror

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The Word Police are back at it, rapping on my door and handing out citations. I plea-bargained my way out of jail by agreeing to publically share some of my past transgressions. The hope is that other wayward writers will take heed and avoid my mistakes. Crutch Words is the first in a series of writing tips from the coppers.

What are Crutch words?

Crutch words are words that add nothing to the meaning of a sentence. They’re hollow words that we automatically insert and frequently don’t notice. We want our writing to be tight and sharp. Too many crutch words will slow down the pace and dull the impact.

An interesting thing about crutch words is that we often have favorites. You may never use some words from the list below and use others more than you want to admit!

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