Welcome to a tour of my blogs written for the A-Z challenge.
Today is April 11th and the Judicious letter J
Over a year ago I signed up for an online flash fiction writing class.
I learned about arcs, hookers and hangers. At the end of the session I ended up with several short stories. The social factor was the best I’ve encountered among the three on-line classes I’ve taken with engaging commentary back and forth between the participants and the instructor.
Frankly I don’t remember all too much about the particulars as I seem not to have saved any notes which is very unlike me. I take notes on everything.
The most important lesson I came away with was “Just”. I use the word too frequently.
In one piece I submitted I must have used the word countless times. The instructor pointed this out to me. And she was correct! When I sit at the keyboard telling a story letting my fingers do their thing I do end up with the word “Just” scattered throughout.
Now that I am aware of it I constantly strike out just and replace the word with a synonym such as only or merely or delete it altogether.
I find myself Just writing the word even in comments on blogs. I have no clue why I do this since I don’t think I speak like this.
Is there something, a word or phrase, that you must be on the look out for in your writing?
Jubilantly looking forward to your J posts