Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My Writing Pet Peeves

Sometimes my own writing annoys me. As much as I try not to write certain things, I do it anyway. Then, I have to backspace or correct it when I proofread it. Once you correct the same thing 20 times, it gets a little annoying. I just cannot break the habit though…

What I am talking about is my use of the word, 'that'. I don't even know why I place it repeatedly in articles but I do it in places where it's not needed. I don't have an example, but I do it all of the time. I am surprised that I haven't….SEE! Right there. I knew I would have an example if I wrote long enough. I simply do not need 'that' there but I write it repeatedly. UGH.

Oh well, the first step in solving a problem is knowing you have a problem. Hopefully, someday I will release the word, 'that' from my fingers, which type faster than I think at times.


Laura Spencer said...

Hi Marce!

I think that everyone has, for lack a better word, a writing "tic." That is, a bad habit that they've picked up somewhere along the way.

The good news is that the more often you correct these the less likely it is that you will make them again.

Amber said...

I'm another "that" culprit. Hardly ever needed, yet so often used - and such a hard habit to break, too!

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