Writerly Tics

I’m deep into revision-land.  Have been for a while now.  Because I am slightly afraid of the gigantic revisions that I need to work on, I’ve spent most of the day pulling out my writerly tics.  It’s such a satisfying feeling.  With revising, I often have a hard time deciding on whether a change has improved my piece or not, but when I’m picking out my tics it’s very obvious that the work is improving my draft.

Here are a few of the tics I pulled out (examples from my WIP included!), since you’re dying to know:

  • “Began to”:  Aiden began to rumble with laughter. / Aiden rumbled with laughter.
  • “Started”:  I started walking into the living room. / I walked into the living room.
  • “Or something”:  Like he was the son of God or something. / Like he was the son of God.
  • “Just”:  I just figured that if I had to do The Robot Dance, I might as well do the best Robot Dance in the history of Robot Dances. / I figured that if I had to do The Robot Dance, I might as well do the best Robot Dance in the history of Robot Dances.

See?  Taking out writerly tics is like an instant MS facelift!

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