- ‘ly’ – (‘He ran quickly.’ Your reader knows from the word ‘ran’ that it was quickly.)
- ‘ing’- (He was running = He ran.)
- ‘Pretty’ – (Pretty close = Close)
- ‘Started’ – (He started running = He ran)
- ‘That’ – IMHO, one of the most overused words in the English language. ‘He could tell that she was mad = He could tell she was mad.’
- Time stamps, such as ‘minutes’, ‘hours’, etc. Don’t tell us time has passed, show it.
- ‘Very’ – same as pretty. (Very close = Close)
- ‘As if’ – Not something you need to replace every instance of, but a phrase I see overused in a lot of contemporary romance novels.
- The dreaded ‘double space’. – Microsoft Word accommodates for spacing between sentences and has made the double space obsolete. I believe the change came with the 2007 version of Word, but you may want to double check.
37000 of 80000 words (46%) complete
Tagsamazon anthology author BDSM blog hop books call for submissions contest cults Delilah's Passion erotica erotic romance excerpt fiction free free book free read gift card giveaway giveaways goal goals goal setting introduction mystery NaNoWriMo naughty nights press novel novella novels paranormal prizes published published author publishing romance Sarah Bella series she likes it verbal short stories short story suspense welcome writer writing