Day 6 of 7: Pet Peeves About My Own Writing

(I almost forgot…)


I have a lot of pet peeves about my own writing.

In no particular order:

1.  Parentheticals.  My mind processes information not in linear fashion, but as a web—this idea reminds me of that thing, and—wait! this one, too!—and, oh, and by the way… and then, she said this, and he said that, and—where was I again?

I think like this and I write like this.  It requires extra effort on my part to weed my excessive parentheticals out of almost everything I write.

2. Mixed metaphors.   I mix metaphors all the time.  Ask my husband; he’ll tell you.

3. Beginning sentences with conjunctions.  And, but, because, etc.

4. Overusing sentence fragments.  Fragments can be great for conveying emphasis, but the overuse of them is just sloppy writing.

5.  Using, you know, You Know, and his dear cousins, So and Anyway.

6. Exclamation points and emoticons.  There is no reason why I should not be able to convey witticisms and irony without the use of exclamation points or winky-smiles.

Those are my pet peeves.  How about yours?


  1. says

    I am not sure what to think, because I do all those things but they don’t bother me. In fact, I kind of like them. I think it is kind of conversational. : ) (Ha) (Double ha) : )

  2. says

    I’m guilty of all of the above (except perhaps mixing metaphors), although really only in my blogging. It seems to me that blogging is a cause of some of them (emoticons, sentence fragments, super short paragraphs, etc.) Hmmm. I also particularly dislike it when I overuse adjectives like “awesome” or “annoying.” I know so many alternatives but sometimes I just get lazy!

  3. Catholic Mutt says

    I would say that all of those are true about my blog posts as well; it does annoy me, but not quite enough to take huge steps.

  4. says

    I have all those problems!! So much so that it is killing me not to write “lol” or “hahaha” to your post…just in case “lol” is not included in #6, I also have that problem. And honestly, I blame #1 on just being female…its how our brain works. :o) (Please excuse the smiley)

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