My most used: JUST
The others: that, begins, starts, feels like, looks like, turns, know, says, look/watch/see, hear
And apparently I misuse "like" when I should be using "as if" or "as though."
Holy Grammar, Batman!
In addition, I cut a bunch of mechanics. For example, "She nodded her head." Of course you nod your HEAD. You don't nod anything else. So I deleted "her head" and all the other body parts used for waving, sitting, shrugging, etc.
Let's not waste words!
Luckily, it works. Thankfully, it reads better. And my baby is even cuter now. Oh WINGBOUND, I love thee. Let me count the ways!