My cousin Mary excelled at suckering. She would start at the top of the plant and using her thumbs she could flick off those suckers in a few seconds. And then she’d move on to the next plant. It was hard summer work.
Your manuscript is probably littered with little suckers. When you’re editing you need to remove them, or they will rob the nutrients from your prose.
Some of the most common suckers are:
just, very, that, up, down, out, a little, nearly, somewhat
Using your Find function, search out each of these suckers, destroy them, and you will have a healthier piece of writing.
What kind of suckers do you find in your manuscript?
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I’m a just- and very-whore. Alas. I also have to be careful about “some.”
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I suppose the list is endless!
Yes, Hanna, the list is endless.
Jan – I love your colourful way of putting things, and, btw, “just” is just about my favourite work. I just love it. I just wish there were more ways of saying “just”. . .
Just and Then are my two favorite words in the whole entire dictionary. 🙂
Love how your related these words to plant suckers, Suzanne. It puts a whole new spin on all the reasons why you need to remove them while editing.
I forgot about “then” – it’s my most used transition.