>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.
>Great resources, C. I’m giving a talk on editing at my next RWA meeting and this will come in handy. Thanks for the links!
>LOL, Carol, I do use Michele Albert’s cheat sheets and was just getting ready to do a blog post on them. 🙂 I had the pleasure of reading, many eons ago, the first few pages of a historical novel she had in progress. It was set in Constantinople, I think. Even then, her writing was lovely.
>Hi Carol!I’m pretty sure I’ve seen those cheat sheets before, but thanks for the link! I can bookmark it now.One of my CPs got a contest entry back many moons ago with comments about filtering words, which is literally how I learned. I probably pay more attention than I should to the filtering during the writing process. Better to get it down then go back and edit later rather than agonizing initially, right?Your final paragraph cracked me up.
>LOL! Well, it seems my post was both timely and amusing. What more could I ask for?
>Oooh, I love those cheat sheets! Thanks for reminding me where I could find them!
>Thanks for the cheat sheets cool stuff.