Writing

A List Of Weak Words That Weaken Your Writing

I am not saying you cannot use these words. I am mentioning them because most of the words below are used either too frequently or become so redundant in your writing, it would be wise to limit your use of these words. Which is why repeating some of these words over and over and over again can make your writing either really boring at best or weaken your writing at worst. As a writer you don’t ever want to risk sounding boring, incompetent, or unqualified.

Hey, a quick search of your manuscript, novel, or essay might surprise you. You never know.

So find some of the words below, weed them out, and watch as your writing grows stronger.

  • Really
  • Very
  • Some
  • Rather
  • Quite
  • Most
  • In
  • On
  • To
  • At
  • Suddenly
  • That
  • Down
  • Up
  • Back
  • Now/Then
  • Was/Is/Are/Am/Were
  • Came
  • Went
  • Got
  • Looked
  • Had
  • Just
  • A lot
  • -ing
  • -ly

Especially useful for those of you who participated in Camp NaNoWriMo a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month. Your novel can certainly do without most of the words mentioned above.