Apparently, I like the word As.
It’s a little word. So small, so subtle, BUT SO TROUBLESOME.
Yeah, I admit it, I’m an “as” junkie. I love combining sentences. I like the way “as” makes sentences flow together in such a beautiful flowery way. But, unfortunately, too much of a good thing stands out.
The lovely Miss Ravena went through my manuscript and started highlighting my “as” addiction. Oh, what a colorful page I received back!
Did I get rid of every one of them? Of course not. I just reworded sentences where they were not absolutely necessary. I tried to make sure there wasn’t more than one “As” in a single paragraph. In one instance there were three in a paragraph, but I could only drop to two. Anything else and the pacing would have suffered (in my opinion).
So, yes, I still have the dreaded “as” used as a conjunction in my manuscript. Tabu? Maybe a little. I’ll watch for it, but I’m sure I’ll do it again, and again.
It is, after all, an addiction.
You won’t catch me giving up chocolate too soon, either.