Why is it that we get stuck on certain words when we write? We become enamoured with them, so much so that we use those certain words frequently. Noticeably.
I've just turned in my copy edits for DRIVEN TO INK. And I've discovered I have an unusual appetite for the word "just." On just about every page or so, there it was. The word "just." Just because I liked it, I guess. Just because it seemed to fit with the sentence. As it turns out, I took out most of them and it didn't make a bit of difference as far as the sentence was concerned.
I also love the word "warble" or "warbled," as Brett's phone warbled Bruce Springsteen several times throughout the book. Not anymore.
Skirt, skitter, and scurry are all used for the same sort of thing: Brett's eyes skirted around the room; Brett's eyes skittered around the room; Brett scurried up the stairs. Painful, really painful. They are now used sparingly.
It's hard to replace "looked," but everyone "looks" at everything and everyone so much.
Even in our speech, we all say things like "awesome," "totally," and we use the word "so" to put emphasis on things: I so don't like the Jonas Brothers.
Personally, I despise "24/7." It's overused and ridiculous.
My husband has started saying the word "literally" all the time. He inserts it in most of his sentences. I've noticed some political pundits using it, too.
I like the word "wingnut." I don't use it too much, but it truly does make a statement when I do.
What are your favorite words?