This is hilarious. Apologies if you’re bored once you realise what it’s about.. I’m editing my first novel. The one I drafted in 2010. Oh I’ll be editing it forever I’m sure. During one of the edits I noticed some of my overused words.
J was the last letter I needed to find for this challenge and as I was looking at it longlingly waiting for inspiration, I said to myself ‘if I can just get this j’. See what happened.. One of the words that’s littered throughout my spoken language and first drafts is just. It’s just everywhere, so much so that I had to do a search and replace but while I was doing that I was careful as there are a few genuine times when just is justified.
Can you feel just anything or can you always remove the just. Can you be just. As in being. You can be, can you be just? I’ll let you ponder that one. As writers we challenge our own perceptions and everyone else’s. We follow rules and we are justified in breaking those same rules if it works for our writing. When my novel needs it I’ll add the just and I always now know that just is just one of those words that just want to keep being said.. you know what I mean like.. sorry, just couldn’t resist.
Show don’t tell.
She used the word just too often.
Jane just said to Jack ‘Just when we just thought we’d just seen the back of you, you just keep on appearing.’
I’ve enjoyed writing this post. Sorry if you struggled with the extra j words. I’ve removed them from most of my novels but there might be the odd one or two that creep in without me noticing.
Lynne’s AtoZ blogging challenge theme in case you couldn’t tell:
Linked to thoughts of emotions and behaviours, my theme is ‘I feel….’. Writers among you will be familiar with the phrase show don’t tell, for others it’s what every novelist tries to do. Authors want to show you the emotion and behaviour without telling you it. Trying to practice showing not telling, I have included an example in each post. I may have got it right, I may not have. Please let me know.
Here’s who else is doing the AtoZblogging challenge.