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?