Ban on Three Words

Authors often use words that are unnecessary. Not only is it, well, unnecessary to keep them; it’s also a detriment to you as the author and to the reader because it slows everything down and blurs the focus of the article.

If you want to write in a clear and concise manner, do yourself a favor and cut these three words so your editor doesn’t have to:

1. Very: This word is always unnecessary. Its job is to provide emphasis, but it’s overused and overrated. Find a stronger word or let the reader infer the importance, because this word isn’t doing it.

2. I feel: You don’t feel abstract thoughts or ideas. You feel concrete objects and emotions. You think or believe in abstract thoughts or ideas, so unless you’re writing about a tactile thing, like feeling the delete button under your finger, “I feel” just doesn’t apply.

3. There is/are: In most cases, this is just a lazy writer’s way to avoid rewriting a sentence in an active tense. It makes the sentence less punchy. Remove it. Then find out who’s doing the action, and make them the star of the sentence instead of listing some passive act of being.

There you have it. I feel these tips will make your writing very good.

Just kidding!

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