I know writers have “pet” words that they could easily omit from their entire writing profile and be quite happy without.
In the early (and some later) drafts of “the Genesis”, it was the word “almost”. Everybody almost did something…. Catrina almost dropped things ALL THE TIME. Obviously, what I was trying to say was that she was shocked / stunned. Fox almost laughed constantly, where all I needed to get across was that he was happy, really. Damn people almost doing things…so damn indecicive.
Now, for this draft of “the Vampire’s Son”, less than 50 pages in and I have found this books pet word. Everbody BARELY does things now. Fox BARELY opens his eyes before something happens……
Don’t ask. Just don’t. We’re onto something here. Find your pet word, I dare you!