Evil Word of the Day: Wonder

Writing is fun…the words flow…a story tumbles from your fingertips.

Editing…not so much. I will admit there are some good things, seeing the story polished, making it better. However it can at time be very tedious.

For example…evil words. (No I’m not talking Stevie Wonder or Wonder Woman)

If you write (and edit) you know what I’m talking about. Those words you too much. Sometimes you don’t know any better, other times you don’t realize you’re doing it.

Anyways, I could rant on about that for a while. Instead, let us skip right to my current evil word.

Root word: Wonder

Problem variants: wondered, wondering

Current issue: Too many of them, and using them is telling, rather than showing.

Example: She wondered if he had a sense of humor.

Better: Make wonders a thought, which would be showing, rather than telling the reader what her thoughts are.

—> Did he have a sense of humor?  (and as it’s a thought with no tag, it’s in italics)

Ie: He wondered what would happen if he fought back.

Better: What would happen if he fought back?

See, easy to fix. Just a pain in the butt.

Happy editing! More evil words to come!

Feel free to complain about your favorites 🙂 It’s always nice to know you’re not alone!


About jlwylie

Stay at home mom of 2 boys, avid reader and writer. Published by Untold Press

5 thoughts on “Evil Word of the Day: Wonder

  1. T. James says:

    Evil words to write… Foreign languages and dialects… how the heck does that work? I’m going to write all my stories in the Star Trek setting, where they have that Universal Translator do-hickey…

  2. Thanks so much for this post, Jen!

    I am now going back into my wip and fixing all the “wonders”
    I think that is probably my evil word too…

    I wonder why that is??

    Sharon 🙂

  3. Even evil editors who point out such things like WONDER have wonders of their own. You know what word was MY go-to word in A Time Never Lived??

    Yes, felt. The TELL of thought words! My manuscript was RIFE with it, and I didn’t even notice. It became invisible. In Finder, it was “so” often followed by many, that, much.

    Sigh–no one is immune!

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