Monday, July 14, 2014

Top 10 Words To Cut From Your Writing


In a world of social media posts, emails, and essays, there's one thing that you can do to make your writing stand out above the rest: keep it short & sweet.  Trimming out the "fluff" and filler words is helpful for many reasons... it keeps your writing to the point, and it also makes your statements more powerful.  Ever had to write a paper or a resume where you're trying to stick within a certain word count?  Those unnecessary words could be holding you back.  Read below for our list of words to cut from your writing, and give your message more meaning!

1. Amazing.  Using the word "amazing" isn't as amazing as it sounds.  This word is so overused, that the intention behind it is often not conveyed.  Be more creative; not everything is amazing.

2. Awesome.  In a similar category as "amazing," "awesome" lacks descriptiveness.  Plus, this word can also be used with sarcasm intended, so the meaning behind your writing might be misinterpreted. It also can sound immature... as in, "yeah bro, that's awesome!"  Drop this word.

3. Very.  If you're trying to be very convincing with your statement, using the word "very" might not be the best way to get your point across.  Instead of saying "it was a very hot summer day," simply stating "it was a hot summer day" works just as well to give the message.

4. Really.  Similar to "very," this is also a weak word that isn't needed to place emphasis on your statement.

5. Perhaps/Maybe.  Why are you uncertain?  Be bold with your words, and drop these words that make you seem unsure.

6. Literally.  Okay, I literally can't even.  Besides the fact that this statement makes no logical sense (yes, it's true!) using the word "literally" doesn't help to clarify anything.  Compare "I literally had the most delicious cupcake" to "I had the most delicious cupcake"... which cupcake sounds more delicious to you?

7. Just.  This word is simply a filler that can be cut.  Saying "I feel" instead of "I just feel" is a more powerful statement.

8. Honestly.  Using the word "honestly" doesn't make you sound more honest.  Instead, it makes the reader question if everything else you're saying is untrue.

9. Actually.  When something actually is a certain way, using the word "actually" isn't needed.

10.  Nice.  This word is so commonplace, that it sounds somewhat empty and lackluster.  Instead, try to pick a word that is more specific and engaging.


Take a step back and look at the words you use, and see if these little fillers can be removed.  You'll find that your message feels stronger, and more powerful!  

What other fluff words can you avoid?  Share with us below!

13 comments :

  1. "no problem" when you mean, "you are welcome"

    ReplyDelete
  2. You missed "like"!! That should have been #1!! That one has been around for a long time too.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you for this article! I have been doing several of these mistakes myself. It was insightful and I hope to put it into practice.

    ReplyDelete
  4. this helped a lot!! Thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Now I know why I was never in a sorority. I don't use any of those words in my writing, at least not in the capacity you have shown them. I guess that makes me more intelligent that a bunch of sorority fluffs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Then why are you reading this article...

      Delete
  6. This is stupid as fuck/

    ReplyDelete
  7. Now I'm noticing these words being used all the time!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh no. I am guilty of using some of these. I need to edit myself better! Thanks for the reminder to use more descriptive language.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love the list! I notice that my first draft usually includes these, but my second draft I try to catch them. But I'll pay closer attention now that I've seen this list.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hello to every one out here, am here to share the unexpected miracle that happened to me ... My name is Mary Owen, I live in London,UK. we got married for more than 9 years and have gotten two kids. thing were going well with us and we are always happy. until one day my husband started to behave in a way i could not understand, i was very confused by the way he treat me and the kids. later that month he did not come home again and he called me that he want a divorce, i asked him what have i done wrong to deserve this from him, all he was saying is that he want a divorce that he hate me and do not want to see me again in his life, i was mad and also frustrated do not know what to do,i was sick for more than 2 weeks because of the divorce. i love him so much he was everything to me without him my life is incomplete. i told my sister and she told me to contact a spell caster, i never believe in all this spell casting of a thing. i just want to try if something will come out of it. i contacted Dr Brave for the return of my husband to me, they told me that my husband have been taken by another woman, that she cast a spell on him that is why he hate me and also want us to divorce. then they told me that they have to cast a spell on him that will make him return to me and the kids, they casted the spell and after 1 week my husband called me and he told me that i should forgive him, he started to apologize on phone and said that he still live me that he did not know what happen to him that he left me. it was the spell that he Dr Brave casted on him that make him come back to me today,me and my family are now happy again today. thank you Dr Brave for what you have done for me i would have been nothing today if not for your great spell. i want you my friends who are passing through all this kind of love problem of getting back their husband, wife , or ex boyfriend and girlfriend to contact Dr Brave ,if you need his help you can contact him through his private mail: bravespellcaster@gmail.com or you can contact him through his website http://enchantedscents.tripod.com/lovespell/ and you will see that your problem will be solved without any delay and If you have any other problems like....

    1: You need you EX, Wife, Husband, Friend, Sister E.T.C.
    2: You need a lottery spell
    3: You need money spell
    4: You need a job spell
    5: You need good luck spell
    6: You need a spell to cure your sickness
    7: You need a spell to have peace and be happiness
    8: You need a spell to travel
    9: You need a spell to look handsome and beautiful
    10: Breaking of generation cause
    11: Child bearing spell
    12 You need a job promotion spell
    13: You need money spell
    14: Spiritual protection
    15: Herbal care

    Contact him for a quick solution via his Email:bravespellcaster@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...