Learning how to “trim the fat” from your writing is essential for crafting a powerful message. Entrepreneur.com mapped out words to eliminate for stronger writing:
1. Just: The word tends to be filler, and removing it rarely affects your message.
2. Really/very: While these words are employed often in speech, their verbal emphasis doesn’t translate well in written form.
3. Perhaps/maybe: You always want to write with conviction. If you’re secure about your message, avoid these expressions of uncertainty.
4. Quite: When someone uses “quite,” he or she either means “a bit” or “completely” or “almost.” Generally, it’s considered a fluff word.
5. Amazing: The adjective can be defined as “causing great wonder or surprise.” Overuse of the word dilutes its strength and emphasis in meaning.
6. Literally: If what you’re saying is true, your audience will believe you without the use of this word.
7. Stuff/things: Both are examples of lazy writing and lack of inventiveness. Chances are there’s a more descriptive noun to communicate your idea more effectively.
8. Got: The word is used a variety of ways in conversation, (I got up, I’ve got to go, I got the ball). But in writing, look for more appropriate verbs to replace this vague word.
Can you think of other words to remove from your writing?