Like, look, back and just.
These are words I use a lot. Like, too much. So one of the things I’m doing as part of my editing process is addressing the over-use of those four words. Not that there aren’t more words I use too much. ‘Think’ and ‘gave’ are also on the list. But for now I’m just dealing with the four mentioned. This means using the find feature and then deciding if I’m going to replace and if so, with what. No easy task, as I’m sure you’ve guessed.
As of this writing I have completed my search for ‘back’ and ‘like.’ I am now combing through a third time for ‘look’ ( I dread to see how over-used this word is). Meanwhile I’ll bet you’re thinking, holy shit, that sounds like torture.
It IS torture. And I’m really hoping that this becomes such an unpleasant memory that I NEVER DO IT AGAIN!
How about you? What are your bad habits?