Tend to have a lot of words with the ending 'ly'
I also tend to throw in a lot of 'buts,' as well as start out my paragraphs with prepositions.
Luckily I know this and scan for these frequently.
Now, of course, if I am having a bad day and am struggling just to get words on the page, I write all the adverb, conjoining, run-on sentences I want. I go to town. Let 'em rip.
But at some point I need to make my work, you know, enjoyable to read.
So over the course of a decade, I have learned my bad habits. I know where I go when I am not in the zone. I can easily identify when I wrote at not-quite-the-level I would like.
Let's be clear there are times when I think I DID write well. Then see all those 'badly,' 'hungrily,' 'angrily,' entries and go wow, I wrote 'crapily.' :-)
For me, this makes any re-write so much easier. I know where I screwed up and since I have had to fix it so many times, I have gotten pretty good at it.
So my assignment to you this week?
Figure out your 3 worst bad habits when you are not writing in the zone. Now go back to a section you are not happy with. Check for the big three. What can you do to 'fix' them?
Now how about you head over to Plain Jane here and see if I managed to recover from my addition to conjunctions :-)
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