The 10 Words We Recommend You Stop Using In Your Writing
Use specific measurements or specifications instead of being vague. If you are referring to an object as really big, instead reference a weight or height or both. Eliminate the vagueness.
Adding details or switching ‘really‘ out for something specific can take your description from vague to accurate.
Think | Believe
These words turn your statement into an opinion. Provide your readers with facts. If your purpose is to deliver information, these words will give your reader a sense you are not sure of yourself.
Project confidence and convey clear information to reassure your reader that your content provides useful intelligence and data.
It’s as vague as the word really. Give your readers an experience with specific information. Otherwise, they don’t know how much and could potentially get bored.
Use specific units of measurement like percentages or weights. You’ll add credibility and clarity to your writing making it easier for readers to digest the content.
Always | Never
Rather than exaggerate your statements, use words that modify.
For the word ‘always‘ use words like “most” or “many” or “frequently.”
For the word ‘never‘ tone down your statement with “few” or “rare” or “occasional.”
When you don’t have exact data use these modifiers rather than distorting facts.
Entirely | Completely
Remove these words. They act as fillers. If you want to illustrate completeness, use descriptive words.
Describe an image with a phrase like ‘The cup is full to the brim with hot coffee.’
Use your words to paint a picture in the reader’s mind.
This adds unnecessary redundancy to your statement. You’re just adding fluff words at this point.
For example, ‘He took the absolutely final step across the finish line.’ “Final” means final.
This is one of those words that appear in casual conversation with people but has no place in written content.
When it comes to
Leave it out. Change a weak sentence to a strong statement.
Transform ‘When it comes to swimming, the ocean is my favorite’ to ‘Swimming in the ocean is my favorite.’
You’ll change an otherwise wordy sentence into a strong statement.
Kind of | Sort of
These phrases make your writing sound uncertain and question your confidence. Be bold. Say what you mean. Your writing is meant to convince readers.
These phrases only weaken your message.
As a matter of fact
Don’t even think about using this phrase. You don’t need it to introduce a statement. Make your point in one clear sentence.
Like we said above; be bold and say what you mean.
Instead of attempting to elevate an adjective, use a stronger one.
For example, change ‘a very bright day’ to ‘a day with brilliant sunshine.’
This not only increases the impact of your sentence, but it paints that picture in the reader’s mind and immerses them into your writing. That’s what you want.