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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?