Jewel words are those beautiful words glistening inside a piece of larger text. Along with crux and flavor words, they serve your story and distinguish your writing voice.

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In our April BookBaby Twitter Chat, Heather R. Todd, professional editor, published writer, and marketing consultant from FirstEditing, shared her thoughts on finding your crutch words and editing your manuscript.

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In a conversation, "crutch words" give you an extra second to think of what to say. In writing, they are glaring annoyances that destroy your writing style.

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