Thursday, May 19, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Filter Words

First things first, the good news is, I've been M.I.A. because I've been writing. It's practically summer movie season, so I've been spending the majority of time holed up in a dark theater and then once I'm back home, I'm critiquing what I saw.

Not a bad gig in the least, especially when you happen to love movies. But between the length of said movies and the commute from my side of town to where the theaters are, I haven't had much spare time for blogging, let alone working on my novel.

But now that I've wrapped up my Pirates of the Caribbean review, I thought I'd venture back to the lovely Scribble Chicks world and share a little something I learned about writing this week...

See, no matter how long you've been a published writer/author, whatever, you're still always learning something about your craft. And when I was checking out one of my favorite blogs, Write it Sideways, I read all about the dreaded "filter words."

Now I've always known you're supposed to avoid the likes of "to see" and "to realize" because they were "active-enough" verbs, but I didn't know they had an actual moniker, namely "filter words." So to pass along what I've discovered, I'm linking to the post about the sheer hideousness of said filter words and how they can weaken your fiction.

Happy writing to one and all,


  1. Ohhhh what did you think of Pirates??? I can't wait!

  2. Wow! How do you get a job like that Christa??
    Can you do a post in critiquing things? Movies, music, books even how to be a critique partner?

  3. I'm happy to do an entire post on critiquing things (and how I got the job. Will next post work for ya, Suri?

    I sooo wanted to like the new Pirates movie, Betsy (I'm a fan of Capt. Jack Sparrow like everyone else on the planet), but it was boring. Good, but not even close to great. My full review posts on (and my Facebook page) tomorrow morning.

  4. So sad. I was excited about Pirates. :( Thanks for the link to "filter words", I'll check it out!

  5. Can't wait christa! Thanks