Should the words “Just,” “So,” “Very,” “Truly,” “Really,” “Which,” and “But,” always be eliminated from your manuscript?

Every writer knows there’s always well meaning advice being given for editing a manuscript. Some times it can be employed and other times it’s best to ignore

A piece of domineering, imperious advice often given to writers is to sweep through your manuscripts before submitting them for publications and delete certain words such as. “Just,” “so,” “very,” “truly,” and “really” Gunning for the top slot the most popular prohibition of all is the word “that.”

Some lists included the words “which,” “but,” on the chopping block, too.

I disagree with some of this advice, it’s not a matter of needing the word to be eliminated, it’s a matter of money. The less words, the more profitable to publish. With that said, in some cases, the sentences will sound incomplete or completely wrong without the words “just,” “so,” “very,” and “really” or “that.”

I say read your manuscript to decide what can safely be deleted and what can not. If it sounds incomplete without a word then I say leave it. If there’s no shorter way you can dream up to bring your point across or make your point relevant. Leave it alone. Don’t edit until your story makes no sense.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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