Five Weak Words that Make Your Writing Less Effective
Bonus: For more tips on becoming a stronger writer delivered directly to your inbox for free, click here. I can’t stand frail, weak writing. And neither can you. You know when you’ve read content that compels you to do something that matters and when something bores you to tears. And you need to be able to identify those words that weaken your writing so that you can stamp them out of your vocabulary. Words are the lifeblood of your writing. Words matter. Untrained writers can be careless with their words. “Stuff” Stuff is a lazy word. Instead, use a more descriptive noun. “Things” Things is another lazy word. Things is nondescript and can often be replaced with much better nouns, such as “reasons” or “elements” or “issues” and so on… “Got” Got is a terrible verb. Instead of saying “I got up”, say “I woke up.” Instead of saying, “I got a baseball”, say, “I have a baseball” or “I found a baseball.” Not only is got a lazy word; it is also vague. “Was/Is/Are/Am” “Went” Went is like are.