For the love of God, will every writer who submits to a small press think about the words that they choose to use in ther manuscripts! Yesterday, Rubie, Eric, SR Stewart, the interns, and myself were hacking away at some developmental edits, and reading submissions. It was a submission day.
Yuck. Ew. Nasty. Abhorring of souls. That is the feeling I get on submission days. It is the same feeling I get when I have to copy-edit a 200 page novel that uses the word "pretty" in front every single noun on the page. It makes me want to drink gin and cry bloody tears over your work.
With that said, "I say NO MORE."
Here are five words that all writers should avoid starting immediately:
4. Really, Very...or any version of those words. Instead, choose to liven up your sentence.
I am not going to provide examples. Go through your work and take them out. Revise with better sentences.