(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?