Thursday, June 26, 2008

I Hate To Repeat Myself, So Why Do I Keep Doing It?

Seriously this is beyond ridiculous. I can't stand when I have to repeat myself over and over to someone (especially when I feel they aren't really listening.) It drives me up a wall! But lately I have come to realize that I have a horrible habit of repeating myself in my stories.

Every time I get a story back from one of my CP's who I love and cherish :) the remarks share a certain resemblance. "You have already made this point twice you don't need it here." "You have this same word five times in one sentence, you should consider reworking it." The comments go on and on.

Don't worry it's not all bad. From this I have learned what a lot of my problem words are. "As" and "was" are the two worst offenders followed by "sigh"... *sigh* lol! Anyway having this issue pointed out to me made me want to pull out my hair at first. Have you tried writing a sentence without "as" or "was"? OK maybe I'm the only one that struggles with this (God I hope not or I'm going to need therapy.)

Luckily in the wonderful world of the World Wide Web there are many websites that have a thesaurus which I can peruse to help me find substitutes for those pesky words that keep popping up all over my MS. Thank God!

So how about you? Yes I'm talking to you. *points*
Do you have a word that follows you all over your MS? If so what is it and how do you manage it?


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry... *wink*

I have issues with was and that. I think I have a love affair with those words that forbids me to allow them to leave my vocabulary. I have now become close friends with words thesaurus and leave it docked so I can always have it handy when the need arises, which admittedly is very often.

Lauren Murphy said...

*sigh* It's so nice to know I'm not alone!!

Katie Reus said...

I love the word 'was'. Thank God for my CP! Now that she's pointed out how much I use it, I'm having fun going through my last draft and reworking a lot of stuff. You're definitely not alone!

Janice said...

I seem to abuse as, and, and then.*sigh*

I need to as-just myself not to abuse them again.


Lauren Murphy said...

ROFL!! You guys are so funny! So glad to know that I am not the only one who struggles with this. *sigh*