We writers all have little words we tend to overuse. In literary lingo, these are called crutch words. They’re trite, uninteresting, and are usually the first words that come to mind in a rough draft. Although writing them in a rough draft is fine we must, in our revision, try to limit their use. I’ve listed a few here to watch out for, but it is far from exhaustive,
A Few Crutch Words
4 thoughts on “Crutch Words”
A couple of these surprised me, grin and stomach. I know I’m bad about using just and look. Thanks for the post. It will help me to be more aware.
Glad you found it helpful, Terri.
Excellent list, Jack. It’s hard to avoid these crutch words.
It is indeed!