That Word

Tina - posted on 09/10/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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"This is my article written without a certain word... Enjoy!"

That Word
Tina Bousfield

I am going to write this in essay form, because I am trying to prove a point.
There is a word that we all use when we write, and sometimes it can overtake our work to a point of losing our reader. It’s next to impossible to write anything worthwhile or with any length without using this word many times. It is, however, possible – and I will prove this.
It is a word to describe something generic – or something specific, depending on your prose. It gets overlooked so often we don’t even notice we’re used it, and can even overlook it when we do an edit. To some writers it is a curse word, but to others it is their best friend. It should be somewhere in between – used, but not overused. These sentences will still be grammatically correct, but you’ll notice yourself working harder to stay away from writing with passive voice.
This word is a problem in prose because it can be overly distracting, which can cause your reader’s attention to wander, thereby losing them completely. Too much repetition can also cause confusion, as well. There are many ways to avoid overuse of this word. One way, which is one I recommend often, is to read your sentences out loud. If you can get away without using a word – any filler word, really – remove it. This will make your writing a lot tighter, and your reader will be able to get through it a lot easier. It is one way to ensure you’ve done everything possible to get your piece closer to publication.
Throughout my entire essay I have not used this word even one time. Many times I’ve had to rethink how to say something, but always came up with something. I am writing with a precise purpose – to avoid using one specific word – therefore I’ve been able to avoid it. Your thesaurus can be your best friend when you write – or your worst enemy. Be aware when using it, as there are times when whatever word you’re looking for is best left out altogether.
In conclusion, I would like to say good lick to everyone in your writing. Watch your wording when you do your edits. Don’t worry so much while you write your first draft; keep your eye out for it when you go over it later. Cheers!

**Hopefully everyone knows which word I am talking about here.

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That's really interesting and, I would imagine, really difficult. Of all the words I thought of 'the' wasn't one of them.

Tina - posted on 09/15/2010

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I am referring to the word "the". Not once did I use it in this entire article. I have also started writing a story without using it. Hopefully I can get all the way through without slipping. Sometimes it's easy, but sometimes it's such a natural word that it slips in without me noticing.

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I've thought about it and thought about it, I don't know what word you're refering to. I have a few guesses but when I reread what you've wrote, they don't seem to fit. If you don't mind, what word are you refering to?

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