Saturday, April 11, 2015

J is for Just

As in the word I use way too much. I am not sure why, but during first drafts and the occasional second or third, one of the words I use too often is "just" even though I'm well aware of the overuse. The characters just do a lot of things. Like you should just check out the other blogs in the A to Z challenge.


Definition:  (adverb) exactly. or... in the immediate past. Very recently. 
(adjective) Based on or behaving according to what is morally right or fair.

As you can probably guess, more often than not, the word just is used as an adverb. He just wanted a little ice cream. She just happened to have what they needed. So forth and so on. While I am pretty good about cutting down the obvious -ly adverbs, for some reason, my typing draft mind is drawn to the word just and I use it all of the time.

In at least two of the edits where I'm fixing sentences and cutting out excess, I take out "just" in almost every chapter. It's something I not only need to be aware about but accept as a factor involved in every edit. 

It's just something I do and often have to fix.

Do you use the word just too much? What is your overused word?


Donna Davis said...

Great topic,....just sayin'

Susan Kane said...

I am guilty about "just". even my gr-daughter pointed that out to me.