Scissor words are overused words which can be eliminated. Here are some helpful tips:
1. “To be” verbs: is, are, am, was, were, be, being, been.
Try reworking your sentences, and cut back on using them. You cannot wholly avoid “to be” verbs, but limit their usage.
2. “That” can be overused within a sentence. Take out some in your story; it may make the sentences flow better.
3. Just, like, & as are used for emphasis or comparison. But, they can turn into writing crutches.
4. “ly” adverbs are lackluster descriptive words. Even though there are some situations you cannot avoid using adverbs. Do not go overboard. Using “ly” adverbs too much will weaken the story. Use other descriptive words to strengthen it.
5. Now means: NOW. It’s an immediate response. If you choose to use it, avoid placing now at the beginning of the sentence.
Now we can go.
We can go now.
Don’t worry about following these steps until after you’ve finished your work. If you edit in the middle of writing, you will only get frustrated. I usually print a chapter off at a time and then rework it. Once you start looking for specific words, they will stand out.
Take care, my friends 🙂
Kill the clichés!
Cliché—a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.
A cliché or cliche (UK /ˈkliːʃeɪ/ or US /klɪˈʃeɪ/) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.
When starting out as a writer, I did not know the rules of clichés. Many readers and definitely literary agents frown upon the usage of them in stories. Why?
Clichés are basically a phrase that has been overused. It reflects the lack of your opinion and/or originality. They can become annoying, and might possibly get your manuscript rejected. Apparently, literary agents loathe clichés; however, I’m sure some are willing to overlook a few.
Avoid them *like the plague*, unless you are doing it to be cheeky.
Here is a website of abused sayings:
As you read several overused expressions, it’ll become more evident that clichés kill our uniqueness.You will see them as beacons in literature, and *the rolling of the eyes* will be entirely yours.
Are you an avid cliché writer, and your work is crawling with them? STOP IT! I would advise to revise. Find different ways to express or define a situation, emotion, or description. Use your own words.
Take care, my friends. 🙂
Have you ever sat down to a buffet or unbelievable amount of food and then overate? You may ask yourself: “Why did I eat SO much?”
The sad truth is stories with an excessive amount of details can lose a person’s interest.
Some authors (especially new writers) fatten-up on descriptions, trail-off with thoughts or ideas, and add unnecessary information about characters. A boring storyline makes dull reading.
I love monster-themed books, movies, and television shows. Since I was a child, my family gathered around and watched Friday night ‘Creature Features’ –usually classic monster movies. Currently, I am watching the TV show The Strain. The first few episodes kept me engaged, but then the unnecessary details, which have nothing to do with the story, began suffocating my interest. The nonessential fillers don’t develop the backbone of the story much. Even though it crawls forward, I remain hopeful it will pick-up. If not, I’ll find something else.
As writers, it is good to reread our work in a realistic manner. Ask yourself some questions:
Does it keep the reader excited?
Is there room for improvement?
Do the extras have anything to do with the story?
Can some unnecessary details be subtracted?
The last question should be the one to really consider. During the writing process, I have inserted scenes that have no importance to the progression of the story, added characteristics to characters that aren’t necessary, and trailed off into a different directions. But don’t fret about the editing until you have finished your project first.
Take care, my friends. 🙂
Where I’m at Wednesday
I made it home. Yay! But. . .Boo! I left my parents, cooler temperatures, and the tranquil forest behind.
The good news is, while I was gone, I managed to finish a few chapters. Now, I would like to print out the manuscript and get it ready for the “clean-up” stage. It isn’t just about editing, but adding more details. I do enjoy this part of the process. It also helps me to get a clearer picture of where I’m at in the story. I consider this part the final stages before completing the book.
What drives you to write?
A passion to express your stories,
Or, do you hunger to impress others?
We—writers can gravitate to both reasons. But, if you lean more toward the latter, then you may be setting up for failure.
Why? 1) The rewards will be short. Sure, in the beginning, you may gain a lot, but sooner-or-later it will dwindle. 2) People lose interest; you can only hold their attention for so long. 3) And when they wane interest, you will too. 4) It may even force you to write harder, but it won’t have the quality you’re hoping for. 5) Eventually, you will run out of stories or ideas. 6) You will become exhausted, trying to maintain the pretenses.
Be passionate about your work, but don’t let it go to your head. People read to imagine new things, to escape their own issues, or to gain a broader knowledge. They don’t attach to you—the writer until you’ve proven you can do these things for them.
Enjoy your work, and don’t let it overwhelm you. I would rather my stories to be a journey for me, as much as it is for the reader. If you rush or push yourself, it can fizzle; most of us don’t work well under a panicked state. Take your time to craft ideas. Relax.
Seeking notoriety shouldn’t be at the top of your list. Gaining an audience should. Be respectful and don’t pressure people.
I wish you the best.