Thursday Thoughts: Words You Shouldn’t Use

07 Apr

8:45 am — Atlanta

Good day everyone. I hope all is well around the world, or at least quiet. Keeping in mind National Poetry Month, I will keep my blogs short for April.

I think, today, I will give you a couple of lists to ponder. The first is: Do not use these words in your writing. The second is: Use these words sparingly and with deliberation. The key for both lists is deliberation — that you use the words you choose with knowledge of their effect on the writing as a whole, and on the reader. I ask that you ponder both lists and ready questions or arguments, and next week I shall go through the first list and explain why these words should not be used in your writing.

List one — do not use these words:

this is,
is when,
is where,
here is/are, there is/are,

List two — use these words sparingly and with deliberation:

start[ed] to,
begin/began to,

I leave you to think about why these words. I will see you Friday for a modified prompt list. Most sites are modifying themselves for April, but I have seen a couple of interesting exercises. Then [note, then is one of the use with intent words], Tuesday we shall look at some acrostic variants that I enjoy playing with.


Posted by on 07/04/2011 in poetry, writing


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6 responses to “Thursday Thoughts: Words You Shouldn’t Use

  1. Music&Meaning

    07/04/2011 at 5:59 pm

    great lists, margo! my hat off to you! eric

  2. margo roby

    07/04/2011 at 7:09 pm

    Thank you, Eric. I’m going to link yours in at some point in the discussion.

  3. pamela

    11/04/2011 at 4:07 pm

    I can use a lesson in the words not to use, Margo.
    This is invaluable to me, as I am never sure which is why and why is which, so to speak.


  4. Margo Roby

    11/04/2011 at 4:20 pm

    Hey, Pamela! I’ll start explaining why on Thursday. I’ll deal with a couple of words at a time. This is one of my pet soapboxes.

  5. Josephine

    13/04/2011 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve just printed this out on cardstock small enough to keep in my notebook. Thanks, Margo. Looking forward to your soapboxing in detail!

    • margo roby

      13/04/2011 at 2:26 pm

      I love it! I hope when I start explaining that you will query if you have a but for any of the words, Josephine.


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