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You start the editing process by binge reading a zillion articles on editing hints and tips. The phrase which keeps popping up is ‘delete the crutch words!’

According to the articles you waded through crutch words slow down your writing, are unnecessary and are a literary annoyance. Apparently some writers struggle to stay away from crutch words and have an emotional breakdown when they discover there are more crutch words contained within their draft novel than there are stars in the night sky!

After reading this your immediate reaction is to raise your perfectly sculptured eyebrows, shake your head and gush the phrase “I am NOT one of those writers…I do NOT have a problem with using crutch words!”

Even though you don’t have a crutch word problem you still make a list of the popular crutch words:

Really,quite, almost,truly,is, was, were, very,actually,have, had,so,anyway, could, would,literally,almost,all, just, thought, felt….and…

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