Last week I finished my edits (woohoo!) and on a lark decided to do the find function for “ly” Just to make sure I don’t have any unnecessary words residing in my manuscript. Wow! It was a huge surprise how many there were. Some of them were legitimate, such as family (which comes up a lot in my story) But there were still a lot of adverbs. How had I missed them all? I was surprised how many times I used certain words. My characters don’t do things, they slowly do things, and finally do things, and my favorite…slightly do things. Apparently I also use the word “only” a lot. I mean A LOT a lot. My characters also sigh a bunch, as did I when I saw all of them.
If I had a quarter for every “ly” word I’d be amazingly wealthy, or you know, able to buy some well written books to read.
What words do you overuse?