As I am going through the first draft of my book I decided to do a quick search on any overused words. I thought there would be a lot of “Actually’s” since I use those a lot in everyday speech and actually, there were quite a few. 😉
In no particular order, here are the ones I thought to look for and [edit: additional ones I] looked for via advise from Bridget McKenna’s Little Book of Self-editing.
Yeah, I really have to do something about the was/were/just situation!
I am sure there are a lot more excessive words, I just can’t think of what else to look for! (see that just that snuck in there?)
Next… working on the show don’t tell stuff. Lot’s of work to go.