You know those people who start a sentence with “I’m not racist, but…” and then go on to say something so horrific it leaves you lost for words?
Well, I’m not repetitive, but…
Last week I became a member of Savvy Authors and they’ve got a tool called the Auto Critter. It’s like Microsoft Word’s ‘find’ function but shedloads better. You paste in a passage (or even a full manuscript) and it counts how many times you use certain words that are often overused.
One of my worst offenders is ‘just’. It’s on just about every page, and it’s just so hard to stop using it. I pasted in my first chapter, and Auto Critter told me I’ve used ‘just’ 13 times…in eight pages. Ouch.
What’s better, it highlights all these overused words so you can see whether your use of the word is just…ified.
Sorry. I just couldn’t help myself.