Editing Word List

I’m making a list of repetitive or weak words creative writers should search for when editing (Word’s “Find” feature is my friend). I’m not suggesting these words should never be used. I’m suggesting their overuse can indicate lazy style. What words would you add?

Smile
Glare
Nod
Scream
Yell
Laughed
See/Saw
Turn
Back
Around
Before
After
Often
Better
More
Even
Until
Seem
Just
Any
Many
Such
Really
Actually
Only
Very
Must
Most
Best
Almost
Great
So
Some
Thing
Still
Something
Then
Unnecessary possessives
Every other sentence begins with a subject, object, or possessive pronoun
Get/got (save for dialogue or vernacular-rich first-person voice)

 

 

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