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5 Phrases To Eliminate From Your Writing

Dropping these phrases will change your writing style.

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It has been over five years since I am in ghostwriting. I wrote thousands and thousands of articles, blogs, reviews, and many things for my national and international clients. In this entire period of my work, I learned many writing tactics that actually helped me polish my writing skills.

Quality writing involves its reader from the first line till the last. The reader doesn’t like too many wordy articles or blogs with complex sentence structures and vocabulary. Making my writings more refined, what I do since the first day is reading and re-reading what I write. It enables me to eradicate all the unnecessary phrases and too-long sentences from my writing.

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually, you get better at it.

That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence “— — Octavia E. Butler

There is a specific limit for formal writings, and in case of exceeding the limit, a writer must check the entire piece thoroughly to ensure no unnecessary words are existing. This helps to make writing more exciting and engaging.

Here I share five phrases that you must eliminate from your writings for bringing perfection.

1. I think

Whatever you write comes from your mind and thinking, so there is no need to mention the word “I think” repeatedly in your writing. It doesn’t create any specific meaning to your writing rather makes it unnecessary wordy. Further, if you want to support a point through your point, paint a realistic picture instead of emphasizing “I think.”

2. In Order To

I mostly observe writers using this phrase “in order to” frequently in their writings, but avoid using it. This phrase makes the writing wordy and less interesting for the reader; let me quote an example.

Before: Use sunblock in order to avoid harmful sun rays.

After: Use sunblock to avoid sun rays.

You can see the difference in the smoothness of both sentences.

3. The Fact That

When you are talking about avoiding anything in your writing, use “the fact that” to make the sentence complex and lengthy. Instead, you can use because or since to make the writing engaging and precise.

Before: Smoking should be banned to the fact that it is dangerous for the lungs.

After: Smoking should be banned because it harms the lungs.

4. Truth Be Told

To make writing engaging, you must not try to claim that whatever you are saying is true. Give your reader the pace to agree or disagree with what you have written. Don’t mention the phrase “truth be told” It annoys the reader; therefore, not required.

5. First and Foremost

Avoid using “first and foremost” to begin writing, as they both possess the same meaning. Using the word “first” would be a good suffice.

If you are concerned to make your writing well-crafted, eliminate the mentioned five phrases you will be all set to your target.




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Danish Sayanee

Danish Sayanee

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