Let’s get to the point right away. You’re here because you want to improve your writing. Well, below are words you need to hit that delete button on.
At least 90% of the times you use the word “that” can be removed from your writing and it will instantly make your sentence stronger.
Example: “This is the best blog post that I’ve ever read. becomes “This is the best blog post I’ve ever read.
Delete the words “I think.”
It adds nothing. Remove it to strengthen your point.
Example: “I think this is a good blog post.” becomes “This is a good blog post.”
Avoid words that end in “-ing.”
In most cases, the “-ing” softens your word and adds no value.
Example: “The experiences we’re seeking end up being underwhelming and even disappointing.” becomes “The experiences we seek often underwhelm and disappoint.”
Shorten your writing
Short sentences. Short paragraphs.
Most sentences can be cut in half. Don’t be afraid to have a two or three-word sentence. Keep paragraphs to less than three sentences.
Shrink your opening sentence.
Make it compelling, but keep it short and conversational.
Example: “This is a post that’s going to help you become a better writer.” becomes “I can help you.”
Remember: White space is your reader’s friend.