What’s your verdict on the word "then?"
I’ve read that sometimes we writers don’t use it when we should. Darnit, I wish I could think of an example that’s clear, but ... darnit. Brain’s not working this late.
But then (er ...) I don’t like how many times I’m writing "then" in a manuscript. I generally go through and take them out, but then I worry I’m taking too many out.
Obviously, you could get crazy about it. Then you’d have a mess on your hands. Then you’d have to clean it up.