The Bachelor and the Art of Writing?

MP900444553[1]Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned…I just…like… watched ABC’s The Bachelor, and I just feel like so…violated.

Have you watched The Bachelor? Have you! Am I the weird one or was that one weird TV experience? My wife and I noticed something remarkable while watching. Nearly every time one of the female contestants (is that what we call potential intendeds these days?) expressed how she felt to another contestant—or The Bachelor—she would use these four words: “I just feel like…” Nearly every time. From all eight (I think) contestants. You can hear it, can’t you?

I just feel like…so emotional.

I just feel like…so happy to be with you tonight.

I just feel like…I want to kill her.

I just feel like _________. Fill in the blank.

What’s my point besides reality TV being the potato blight of Western Civilization? What does it have to do with writing? Everything. Watch that you characters don’t all sound the same. It’s easy to do. Often there are very subtle differences between characters. Sometimes, they use the same phrasing but be careful.

You want to watch the show now, don’t you?

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2 thoughts on “The Bachelor and the Art of Writing?

  1. Rebecca Stucki says:

    Nope. Been there, did that – the whole first season. Have never recovered from the bachelor telling the camera that “her and I’s date was really good.” “I’s”??? Seriously?? Unfortunately, I’ve heard other people say it since then!

  2. eclecticpills says:

    Yup, you can’t watch that show unless you put your Grammar Police badge away. Heard other hacks on the language. (My post used hyperbole–a lot!) 🙂

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