Nicola Auckland gifts those of us who write with solid advice about weeding “crutch” words out of our writing. Please, read on…
We all use them but what exactly are crutch words?
Crutch words slip into your writing when you’re back is turned. They are comfortable, familiar words your brain falls back on in everyday speech and which migrate, unbidden, to your creative writing.
Using crutch words is weakening your writing voice. Consciously or unconsciously, readers notice them. Be it a ‘lazy’ word or an oft repeated phrase, identifying and eliminating yours will improve your creative writing instantly.
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