Be Askew. Be Inspired.

***NOTE: This applies to the narrative outside of dialogue.***

What are (extra) filler words in creative writing?

The way I see it, they are, vague, implied, or directional (staging) words. They don’t add meaning to the sentence. Words we may use while speaking (conversationally, like my posts), and sound normal to our ear, but in creative writing—slow pace, and bog action—with too many words. A few examples, and a cool RA Graphic to pin for quick glances.

Staging fillers are the easy ones so we’ll start there – stage directions are micromanaging your character’s actions. Up, down, left, right, back and forth, side to side.

She stood up. –  Well of course “up” it’s implied, with stood.

He fell down. –  Only one way to fall, unless someone trips up the stairs (I’ve done it.), the direction of fall is down, and the word “down” redundant.

He paced back and…

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