Currently I am furiously working on book two of the misadventures of the President of the United State’s teenaged daughter, and despite my best efforts, I keep making the same avoidable writer mistakes. It’s driving me nuts.
My bugaboo? 1) Overuse of the word really, and 2) fragments. Lots of fragments. Like, so many fragments, I’m starting to annoy myself. Which is easily done. But, yanno. Enough is, uh, enough.
Even though I’d had gentle editorial feedback and my own critical eye pointing these failings out, I re-read the ARC of CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST DAUGHTER, and damnabit, there’s that word really again. Followed by an unnecessary fragment.
I guess it’s my writerly blind spot.
I’m three chapters into the draft of the second book, and I did a search for the word really. Fifteen. FIFTEEN. Broken sentences all over the place. Clearly, I’m heading down the same road of annoyance with myself.
This morning I took out a black sharpie and wrote the following on an index card:
NO MORE REALLY. REALLY.
ONLY 5 FRAGMENTS PER 200 WORDS ALLOWED
I taped the card to the computer speaker in eyeline view of the monitor screen. I reeeeally hope it helps.
What are your writerly blind spots? Have you found a way to root them out? Do you obsess over them like I do mine?
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