By: Joe Bunting
If you’re reading this, then you want to be a better writer. However, becoming a better writer is elusive, isn’t it? It’s more art than science. There are hundreds of writing rules, thousands of words to know, and millions of possible ways you could write even a simple message.
How do you become a better writer when writing itself is so complicated?
One Writing Rule to Rule Them All
In this article, we’ll discuss seven words you should avoid, but if I had to give you one piece of advice about how to become a better writer, this would be it:
“Be more specific.”
Being more specific is the piece of the writing advice I give to nearly every writer I work with.
Unfortunately, there aren’t seven
magical words that you can use to make your
Instead, these seven vague words are KILLING your writing.
If you want to follow writing rule number one to be more specific, then you need to look out for these seven words. They’re vague and are usually a shortcut to what you’re really trying to say.
Every time you catch yourself writing with any of these, try to find a better (and more specific) way to phrase your message.
The problem with writing about what not to do is that you inevitably do exactly what you’re telling others not to do.
If you catch me using any of these seven words or phrases in this article or elsewhere, you’re welcome to email me angrily, calling me a hypocrite.
Consider, though, that none of us, especially me, have arrived at the summit of editorial perfection.
Also, please remember that writing is still an art, not a science, and the most important rule of art is to break the rules!
The 7 Words and Phrases NOT to Use
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