I’m trying to wean myself off my very Gen X abuse of the word ‘literally. ‘Gone Girl,’ contains at least 33 uses of the word, which is 32 more times than any single novel needs. I just have a deep, wrong love of that word; it’s so punchy. I basically (literally) use it instead of an exclamation mark.
Gillian Flynn, author of the phenomenon known as “Gone Girl, when answering the question: “What tic (or call it a habit) would you like to change in your writing?”