Great tip here for how to make your writing more active, less passive.
As I’m working through the last edits for BLOOD & HOLY WATER, I am feverishly cutting out filter words. This is an alternating POV novel (3rd person) and my filter words are OUT OF CONTROL!
When I learned about these little attention detractors this past fall, it opened my eyes. Perhaps other (new-ish) writers don’t know about them either? Knowledge is half the battle, right? In this blog, I’m sharinga list of them, and my super-special trickto help remove them from mywriting.
Definition of a filter word (perPub(lishing) Crawl): “Filters are words or phrases you tack onto the start of a sentence that show the world as it is filtered through the main character’s eyes.”
Why eliminate them?
- They make your writing less direct.
- They separate the reader from the action and emotion.
Here’s my master list of filter words I try not to use…
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