>Have you ever used Michele Albert’s Cheat Sheets? I love them. They’re a great concise resource for a variety of writing topics. You can find them here:
On a whim today, I decided to look for filter words in my current WIP–or words that pull back from deep POV. Michele has a great number of overused and misused words to look for (find under Editing) as well as passive use words. But the filter words I found at Karen King’s website here under “Filtering – get out of the way”:
I figured I might have a few and could improve my prose, so I began a search and highlight operation. Sur-prise, sur-prise as Gomer Pyle used to say! My favorites are: seemed, began, looked, knew, and realized. Glad I caught those suckers. Of course, not every one can be eliminated, but most of them were unnecessary.