Ditch These Redundant Words To Sharpen Up Your Writing

Some Amazon reviews are comedy gold.

 

You know those reviews, that say things like:

 

  • ‘Bought this as gift for grandson for his birthday next month so don’t know if it’s any good yet’

 

  • ‘Interesting cover. I look forward to reading this book soon’

 

  • ‘Came in large box. Not opened yet’

 

Completely redundant. But very funny.

 

Not so funny are redundant words in your writing. 

 

Words like…

  • really
  • very
  • basically
  • actually
  • definitely
  • just


They make your writing sound like you’re a character from nineties classic teen movie Clueless (‘Oh my God!  I’m totally buggin’!).

 

These filler words do your writing no favours.

 

Compare:

 

‘It’s actually a really big problem that just can’t be ignored.’

 

vs.

 

‘It’s a big problem that can’t be ignored.’

 

More powerful and assertive, right?

 

Or:

 

‘I definitely think that the issue is basically about lack of resource.’

 

Is much better as:

 

‘I think that the issue is about lack of resource.’

 

Or even better:

 

‘Lack of resource is the issue.’

 

Now it’s over to you.

 

Just see how getting rid of these really redundant words basically transforms your actual writing! Like totally!