This morning I was preparing for a class I plan to teach. I came across some older class outlines on marketing and realized how much our writing helps our marketing. I’ve probably written this before, but today is a good time to have a refresher. I need the refresher also.
Several times I’ve picked up a book and couldn’t read it through. There were so many errors in the writing. Not only grammar, but errors in overused words. When this happens, I usually put the book down and never open it again. Have you ever done the same thing? Most likely you have.
When I first started writing, I used “just” everywhere. I just set the table. I just went to the store. I just, just, just . . . You know the drill. It was so overused the book was boring. When I stopped using “just,” I went to “that.” I put that on the table. I wanted that there. It went on and on. I am so thankful for authors who put me on the straight path of overused words.
Today our language has changed. We’re using words like “really” and “so.” They are useless words most of the time. If you want to write good books, you need to eliminate those overused words. Yours overused words may be different from mine, but if they are used multiple times on a page or in a chapter, they are overused.
You may be thinking, “It’s dialogue, and that’s the way I talk.” Dialogue does not give you an excuse for bad writing. It’s all right to have a few to show how a person speaks, but don’t continue all through the book. Use correct writing practices. Write like a pro. Use correct grammar and punctuation. Keep as many slang words out of your books as possible. Keep ly words at a minimum.
If you have written your book as clean as you can, and your editor has made corrections to the words you used, you’ll be surprise at how much better your sales will be. Your publisher and editor will be pleased also. Write well.
Kathy Cretsinger, Mantle Rock Publishing LLC