If you use the words below, you will be marked for a rank amateur. Avoid them whenever you can.
Don’t worry about them in your first draft. Just write. Then go back and use your FIND function and highlight them. Print out a copy with highlights and double-spaced. Take a pencil and rewrite.
This exercise will tighten your writing, give you practice using better vocabulary, and help refine your style.
Never begin a sentence with the following: (The exception is if your character speaks like that or if you are occasionally breaking the rule to emphasize a point.)
Check for these endings. Avoid them whenever possible.
(only use –ing words to show absolutes)-ly
Avoid these vague pronouns:
there arethese were