Monday, December 3, 2012
A Terrible Four-Letter Word! By Linda S. Glaz
A peeve of mine is the use and overuse of the word just and I am so quick to point it out to anyone submitting to me. I also make sure when I present at conferences that I weasel it into any and all presentations.
…let me back up a bit. I recently had to complete final edits for one of my books. I nearly choked as I read the novel for what must have been the umpteenth time. I took out 23 extraneous justs but left about 40 others. Didn’t want to press my luck in the “only important changes” department.
How awful, how unprofessional, and how humiliating. I can only hope no one else notices quite as much as I did. Don’t get me wrong, I read that word abused every single day, and even with bestselling authors, but should they overuse the word?
I just don’t get it. If you just try, you can write without it. Just think about it for a second. Just about every story has plenty of justs, and you just don’t need them. I, however, just can’t help using them. They just get the point across with little effort.
See what I mean? So easy to fill space with that little four letter word.
I know I harp on this topic over and over, but it continues to rear its ugly head. After reading my own novel for errors, I realized it isn’t “others” who do it, we all do.
Is there a word you “just” can’t seem to write without?