Scaffolding. Know what it is, and how to recognize it? If you’re a writer, you should. Now, if I were a different kind of blog, I would give a long, helpful definition of what scaffolding is. Like this.
I strongly recommend that you read the article, because seriously, I’m not planning on going into much detail in defining it. To offer a very brief summary, in my own words: Scaffolding are the words and phrases that we insert into our writing (often without realizing,)as a way of keeping the action moving and the story flowing. They are crutch words, fillers. Know what I’m saying? No? That’s why I linked to the article. Read it.
At any rate, I have been editing PAMR again, and I have some amusing stats on my own personal scaffolding. I made a list of words that I’ve noticed in various rounds of editing that I use a lot. Then, I used the Find function on Word to discover just how many I was dealing with. It’s rather entertaining.
(and best of all)-unnecessary usages of the word “that”: 283
So in summary, one of these six words was used 2.731 times on every page in my story! That, my friends, is scaffolding.