Comic-Con was awesome yesterday! I got to see some really sweet costumes and meet some awesome celebrities. The highlight for me was meeting Doug and Rob Walker. I didn’t get a picture with them, but I got something better, a video they were willing to shoot with me, but I won’t be posting that here.
I also got to meet Christopher Paolini who wrote the Inheritance Cycle novels. I went to his panel and he had a lot of great tips for writing, plotting, and epic fantasy.
And yes, I am wearing a Powerline shirt from A Goofy Movie. I am not sorry.
I wanted to go back to the Con today, but I had a rehearsal for my church’s Christmas play, then I needed to get some writing done. I may be able to go for the final day tomorrow.
All that being said, do you have words or phrases that you use too often? Like, to the point that Inigo Montoya might tell you that you keep using it and it doesn’t mean what you think it means? I have several words that I think I use far too much. Sometimes, when I use them and realize it, I will spend too much time trying to think of a better word, but by doing so I interrupt my own flow. During NaNoWriMo, sometimes I write something I want to fix, but instead, I say, “I’ll fix it later when I rewrite this whole thing.” Yay for first drafts.
I don’t mean words like “the”, or anything like that, but words you use when you can write a stronger word or phrase to punch up the situation. Powerful and descriptive words are always better than tired and overused words.
“Look” and “stare” are a few of my words. I use “around the corner” far too much as well. I can write much better words and phrases. It’s not bad to use these words from time to time, but I don’t want my stories riddled with the same words over and over again. To do so without trying to find a better word for stronger description would be inconceivable!
So, fellow writers, what are some words that you use too much? Leave them down in the comments.
Current word count for Mistcraft: 29,114/50,000!
Until the next post,
Andrew Ronzino, The Dread Pirate Roberts