Just three of my pet words.
And like any well-behaved writer, I’m culling them out. Streamlining. Cutting the fat. Making those sentences lean, mean working machines.
Well, (see?) I think with those words. And if you read my blog on even an infrequent level, you know I write with those words. Whether it’s a voice thing or a too-informal thing, those words tend to pepper my early drafts.
But I find that taking them out ruins the rhythm of the sentence for me. They just don’t sound right to me.
Okay, there’s an example right there:
They just don’t sound right to me.
They don’t sound right to me.
Maybe it’s just me, but the second sentence is just a shy bit choppy. It’s missing the just. And trying to find the balance between being a lean, clean well-behaved writer and having the sentence sound “right” to my ear is the thing that’s driving me mad tonight.
It’ll probably drive my poor editor mad, too.