Writing is a mixture of artwork and craft. The artwork comes from a lot of studying, speaking, pondering, dreaming, and writing. The craft is primarily method. Some strategies are complicated, however a number of are quite simple and can immediately strengthen your writing. In lots of circumstances, nevertheless, strengthening writing merely means avoiding these issues that weaken it.
Now we have recognized 10 phrases that almost all the time weaken writing. In no explicit order, they’re as follows.
1. Actually: “Avoiding this phrase is a extremely nice concept.”
Cause: A very nice concept is similar as a terrific concept. If you’ll want to emphasize one thing, such because the “greatness” of an concept, use a single phrase which means what you are attempting to say, e.g., “Avoiding this phrase is a wonderful concept.”
2. You: “Typically, you are feeling like writing is simply too onerous.”
Cause: I by no means really feel this fashion, so this assertion shouldn’t be true. The author most likely means “I” or “some writers,” e.g., “Typically, I really feel like writing is simply too onerous.” “You” ought to solely be used when you find yourself really writing to, and about, the reader, not when making normal statements.
three. Really feel: “I really feel the federal government ought to cease individuals from writing poorly.”
Cause: Which emotion is being “felt”? What’s the author touching and, due to this fact, feeling? Often, the author means “imagine” or “assume.” “Really feel” can also be utilized by authors to explain a personality’s feelings, as in “He felt despondent.” As a substitute, the author ought to present the feelings via the character’s phrases and actions.
four. Suppose: “I feel the federal government ought to cease individuals from writing poorly.”
Cause: In the event you write an opinion, the reader understands that you just additionally assume it. Simply say what it’s you assume, e.g., “The federal government ought to cease individuals from writing poorly.”
5. As: “As you write this phrase, poke out your eyes. It is weak as it may trigger confusion.”
Cause: An individual often can not do two actions concurrently, so “as” would not make sense within the first sentence. It could possibly be rewritten, “Write this phrase, then poke out your eyes.” Within the second sentence, the author ought to use “as a result of.” Till studying the remainder of the sentence, the reader would not know if “as” means two actions are occurring concurrently or means “as a result of.”
6. Loads: “Lots of writing could possibly be made higher.”
Cause: How a lot is “lots”? 100 paperwork? 50% of every little thing I’ve written? 1% of 1 million books? The time period “lots” is meaningless with out the context, however in case you give the context, you do not want the time period “lots.” Additionally, that is extremely subjective. “Loads” to 1 individual might appear to be “some” to a different.
7. Type of/Sort of: “Utilizing these phrases is type of annoying to the reader.”
Cause: If utilizing these phrases is just type of annoying, you have not advised the reader precisely what it’s. Whether it is annoying, say so: “Writing this fashion annoys the reader.” If it isn’t annoying, inform the reader precisely what it’s, e.g., “Utilizing these phrases bothers readers.” Use phrases that imply what you are attempting to say, and provides the reader actual descriptions. This additionally applies to “form of.”
eight. Like: “Utilizing these phrases is like baking with spoiled milk.”
Cause: If that is like one thing, then it’s NOT that factor. Giving correct descriptions and utilizing right verbs will cut back your want to make use of “like,” e.g., “These phrases spoil your writing.” A great metaphor can improve your writing, however utilizing too many makes writing tedious, so attempt to consider a unique method to specific your concepts.
9. Simply: “Some individuals are simply persnickety about writing. It is simply the best way they write.”
Cause: The phrase “simply” would not add any actual worth to those sentences. Leaving them out ends in the identical meanings and makes the sentences a lot tighter and extra direct: “Some individuals are persnickety about writing. It is the best way they write.” Would not that simply sound higher?
10. Used to: “He used to jot down like this when he began writing.”
Cause: Utilizing fewer phrases to specific an concept is nearly all the time a good suggestion, so “used to jot down” will be written “wrote,” as in, “He wrote like this when he began writing.” The issue is that “used to jot down” and “when he began writing” each specific occasions prior to now, which is redundant. In almost each case, “used to . . .” will be changed with a previous tense verb.
The pattern sentences reveal poor makes use of of those phrases, however you can find good makes use of, too. In actual fact, a few of them are completely superb in some contexts or when utilized in explicit methods. Your degree of ritual, function, voice, and viewers will decide whether or not or to not use these phrases. In the event you’re undecided whether or not or to not use them in a specific sentence, our recommendation is to keep away from them.
Exact Edit editors maintain a pointy eye out for these troublesome and complicated phrases. We consider their use and, most often, discover a method to revise the sentences in order to keep away from them. The result’s stronger writing that extra clearly and extra professionally communicates the writer’s concepts.