I love that toddlers are like human sponges. I also like that they are kind of repetitive when the talk -- especially when they find a few words they like.
Some words I've heard on repeat:
Delicious. Wow (which said by a toddler with curly hair and big brown eyes is adorable). Gosh. Yay.
No. I'm ready (said as soon as she's in the car seat before I've clipped her in). No. Clever girl. No. Hot dog, hot dog hot diggity dog. Mickey Mouse.
And it's the same in writing (you knew I was going somewhere, right!) We all have our crutch words. The favourite descriptions and phrases. We pepper them into our manuscripts without thinking because they feel natural to us.
It's kind of like word poop, but repeated a few times a chapter.
There's nothing wrong with repeating words. Used properly it can be an effective tool. Most of the time repetition is mistake or a habit (like stuffing in that extra cookie in your mouth while watching TV). But the best thing about being a writer is finding new ways to describe or write things. The next time I find myself going for the tried and tested crutch word I'm going to stop, think and write something else.
Oh, and even though I'm sure you know it already, here is somewhere I love to visit for inspiration: The Bookshelf Muse
Because learning something new is just as delicious.
What about you? Any favourite words you repeat in your MS? Have any tips for deleting the little blighters out of your MS?