When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
…::: Johann Wolfgang van Goethe::…
Eliminate the following “dead” words from your writing, so your ideas will not be hindered by the power of useless words:
get good well got just fine
great always very lots so every
nice a lot fun neat !!! !!!
**** Did I mention no exclamation points!!!****
FIRST AND SECOND PERSON PRONOUNS:
(EXCEPTION: WRITER’S WORKSHOP ESSAYS)
I me you your
my mine one one’s
us we our ours
CONTRACTIONS ( i.e. don’t, you’d, I’ll)
ABBREVIATIONS (i.e. etc., o.k., T.V.)
SLANG (i.e. awesome, cool, fine, totally, rad).
“THE END” ENDINGS
!!! EXCLAMATION POINTS !!!
“So”, “and so”, “and then”
am is are was
were be being been
would could should may might
SENTENCES BEGINNING WITH:
(EXCEPTION: If you absolutely need to start a sentence with one of the following words— occasionally it will be acceptable. But, if repeated for every sentence beginning it will result in a deduction of points).
A, An, The, But, So, However, This, That, There, Here, Well, It
ARE YOU STUCK? POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS:
Find an alternative word or phrase; spell the word out; show, don’t tell, rewrite
Do not refer to the essay itself or to any part of it in your sentences (i.e. In this essay I will explain the possibilities why Brad Pitt is not as cool as Johnny Depp.)
!!!MISS LOOCK DOES NOT LIKE EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!