Just I decided today I was going to write about just.
I just decided today I was going to write about just.
I decided just today I was going to write about just.
I decided today I was just going to write about just... and on and on and on...
Just has it's place, but for the most part, it's a problematic sort of word. Not only does it vex syntax, it is much too much overused. And very often when it is used, it could be eliminated without the story suffering for its absence.
I Googled "overused words in writing" and in the search results, from the first page only (I know, I could have written 'from just the first page' ) I found these blogs disparaging its use:
Five Weak Words that Make Your Writing Less Effective
Do You Overuse This Word in Your Writing?
Top 15 Overused Words in a Manuscript
Just isn't the only culprit. There are many, but 'just' (just) happens to be the word I'm in recovery from. I had no idea how often I used it until I read a blogpost written by agents. In the post, they listed the things that were an immediate turn off a.k.a. manuscript to the waste paper basket, and one of the agents listed overuse of the word "just".
I went to the open manuscript on my desktop (a word doc.) and did a search for all of the incidences of the word "just". Lo and behold, I'd found a word that needed to be deleted from my ms. nine times out of ten.
And it likes to mess with my syntax. :-)
So, I just need to stop using it.
So, I need to just stop using it.
So, I need to stop just using it.
So, I need to stop using just it.
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Have you identified a word you use way too often?