Welcome back, HoneyScribblers! As I promised, here are some WEAK words that you should AVOID in your writing, some that are used too often without realizing. Just a heads up—next week we'll be talking about words you should USE in your writing! Without further ado, read on and enjoy!
about: use approximately instead/or a range of two numbers (Ex: five to ten people, or approximately ten people)
...just cut out absolutely. Like, don't say absolutely essential or absolutely needed. Simply write essential, or needed, or necessary. That's it.
accordingly: use "so" as a replacement (Ex: Accordingly, watch out for yourself next time ⇉ So, watch out for yourself next time)
CUT OUT ACTUAL. Read the sentence with the phrase aloud before anything else. Does it make sense? Does it come off your tongue smoothly? It probably doesn't, which means it's weak and redundant. It's best to remove it entirely.
In ALL OF, drop the of. If you read the sentence again without the filler expression, it looks the same and sounds EVEN BETTER.
When listing things, you don't need to say AND ETC. Just say etc.
When writing that your character left the "area" or entered the "area", you're being too vague. Use a more specific word to strengthen the sentence.
Attempt is a good word, but can make a sentence weak as well. (Like "try again" instead of "attempt it again" for example.) Sometimes it's better to use simpler replacement.
BIG is a weak adjective. Describe your character by height, weight, or a powerful synonym of big as an alternative. (Hint hint: I'll be listing some powerful words to use instead of big in next week's post! Stay tuned for that!!)
for a moment > for a brief moment (Just cut it out, simple as that)
CLOSE is redundant in the phrase "close proximity".
COMPLETELY before any action verb or even noun is simply useless. Like, do we really need to say that something was "completely filled", or something was "completely used"??? We can rephrase the sentence into a more active voice by saying someone filled something, or someone used something.
because > due to the fact that
although > in spite of the fact that
That's all for today, HoneyScribblers! Now if you didn't notice, most of these weak phrases come from sentences that are in a passive voice. Having an active voice in the majority of your work makes a huge difference. It's more understandable, flows better, and makes you seem more experienced. These are just some of the many phrases that can make your writing weak, and if you want to see about 250+ more, make sure to check out https://smartblogger.com/filler-words/ ! These are the ones I thought were common, but have a look at the others; you may find some you never knew made your writing weak :o Anyways, thanks for tuning in to today's post, I'll see you in the next one! Until then xx