A short and helpful post today!
Obvious. Is this a word you use in your writing? i.e ‘it was obvious she was into him’
Ahhhhh but was it? Or did you just tell your reader it was obvious rather than showing them. Obvious and any form of the word needs to be critically regarded during your re-writes. I expect you’ll find as I am that it frequently gets crossed out. I don’t think I’ve found one to be necessary yet. And it’s all thanks to this very smart quote from Michael Crichton’s book Travels.
“Be careful about ‘obviously’. If it’s really obvious you don’t need to say it, and if it’s not obvious it’s insulting to say that it is”
Which has me biting my lip in annoyance at every ‘obvious’ or ‘obviously’ that I discover in my MS. So here it is another WIP tip for things to watch for when re-writing your MS.
If it’s obvious you won’t need that word.