Personal Reflection

15 Things I Hate

I feel like I’ve mentioned most of these things either indirectly or addressed them completely.

  1. Smudges.
  2. Public washrooms.
  3. Small spaces.
  4. Mud.
  5. Tardiness.
  6. Disappointment.
  7. Bad pain.
  8. Bad germs.
  9. Bad manners.
  10. Arrogance.
  11. Insects.
  12. Losing.
  13. Negativity.
  14. Liars.
  15. Most people.

I also hate redundancy, but I’m redundant by nature.

And yes, I am very much a hypocrite.

Writing

How I Meet My Word Count And How You Can Too

How To Meet Your Word Count

Meeting a word count is very much a writer problem, especially during November.

Here’s I do it:

  • I repeat myself. I say something two or three times. I am very redundant. I make one point using different words over and over again.
  • I do not use contractions. I may sound stiff and awfully formal, but it is what it is.
  • I keep writing. I don’t let my fingers stray from the keyboard until I hit a certain number of words or write for a specific amount of time.

I expect a dozen thank you’s in the comments section below.

Not really. I don’t even expect one.

I take no responsibility for any adverse effects as a result of following my advice.

Besides I hate repeating myself, I use contractions, and my fingers stray when I reach for my lovely mug.

Writing

A List Of Weak Words That Weaken Your Writing

I am not saying you cannot use these words. I am mentioning them because most of the words below are used either too frequently or become so redundant in your writing, it would be wise to limit your use of these words. Which is why repeating some of these words over and over and over again can make your writing either really boring at best or weaken your writing at worst. As a writer you don’t ever want to risk sounding boring, incompetent, or unqualified.

Hey, a quick search of your manuscript, novel, or essay might surprise you. You never know.

So find some of the words below, weed them out, and watch as your writing grows stronger.

  • Really
  • Very
  • Some
  • Rather
  • Quite
  • Most
  • In
  • On
  • To
  • At
  • Suddenly
  • That
  • Down
  • Up
  • Back
  • Now/Then
  • Was/Is/Are/Am/Were
  • Came
  • Went
  • Got
  • Looked
  • Had
  • Just
  • A lot
  • -ing
  • -ly

Especially useful for those of you who participated in Camp NaNoWriMo a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month. Your novel can certainly do without most of the words mentioned above.