Monday, June 4, 2007

Just Just

Remember a while back when we did that that, well now we're just going to talk a little bit about just. Next to that and was, I just use just a lot. It's a great modifier for so many words, especially in dialogue.

"We were just talking."

"Can you wait just a little while?"

"I just don't understand where you're coming from."

And I just use it all the time. When you don't want the whole thing, just a piece, when you were just about to throw that apple, when you just wish things were different. However, it's a repetative word that gets noticed. It doesn't disappear like some words to, hence it must be weeded out! Do a find for the word 'Just' in your current manuscript. You should only use one, maybe two per chapter. Yes, chapter. For me this is like digging a ten foot hole with my finger nails. I just like that word, is it a crime? Well, it might be. If it becomes a crutch, and is said over and over and over, you are being a lazy writer and lazy writers are not good writers. So look and ye shall find that you are either like me, and need fixing, or you just don't have a problem and can feel good about your success!

Just do it!


Heather B. Moore said...

LOL. It's one of those words that I write all the time, then have to take out during editing.

Tamra Norton said...

I just love that word! [sigh] And you're right, it doesn't disappear. I guess I'll just have to do a search and see how many I dig up. Now I'm curious.