From Five Ways to Make Good Writing Great by Linda George | Romance University.

Strong writing is TIGHT writing. Getting rid of unnecessary words streamlines the writing, increases tension and suspense, and makes the writing stronger. There are dozens of words that often can be omitted without jeopardizing the meaning of sentences. Avoid qualifiers, such as very, just, etc.

 

Examples:

that

which

started to

began to

proceeded to

the

considering the fact that

very

just

so

quite

even

real

really

certainly

definitely

exactly

anyway

some

such

is/was/were

usually

probably

perhaps

sort of

a little

seem

almost

slightly

rather

fairly

somewhat

You’ll notice many of these words are adjectives or adverbs. Strong nouns and verbs are your best tools as a writer—they show. Get rid of filler words and qualifiers that tell. Every time you tighten the writing, you strengthen the writing.

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