One of my favorite writing quotes is “Good writing is just bad writing well edited.”
This post is about editing well.
In any peice of writing, be it fiction or nonfiction or whatever category that 7th grade paper on your summer vacation falls into, there are words and phrases that weaken, flatten and all but destroy the power of prose.
This post is about those words.
I’ve even made a few categories below in case you want to jump to “words to avoid” in a specific type of writing.
My hope is that this list of words and links to over 1400 words and phrases supports your growth as a writer.
How To Use This Master List
- Review the list before your writing session
- Review this list after your session
- When editing (you can use the Search & Find tool in Microsoft Word)
- Remember that the words you use or don’t use depends largely on context. When writing Internal thoughts or dialogue, for example, most if not all of these words and phrases are fair game.
Without doubt, there is repetition in this list. That will only help those pesky words stick in your mind and not on the page.
Selected Words & Phrases from The List of Links Below
In order to
In terms of
The fact that
In Actual Fact
Part and parcel
When all is said and done
I feel that (this is a thought not a feeling)
I feel like (same here)
Types of Words To Avoid Like the Plague
- Infinitives (to run)
Root out hundreds more words in the following links. I’ve also included my short list of banned words below.
My Personal Short List of Words & Phrases to Avoid
- Have to
- It’s a fact
- Need to
Avoid these words in your writing to stand out, break out and write amazing works that live on forever.
For another blog post on words writers should avoid, check out this one.
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