Wordiness, wordiness, wordiness list

The world has only so much space. When you write, your job is to use that space carefully. I can offer some quick tips: find the right word and use it; when in doubt, cut it out; edit your work like it was written by someone you don’t like. But in the end, the general principle is simple: if you’ve heard a phrase more than a couple of times, and it isn’t key wording, essential in carrying meaning, or a definitive phrase, try to get rid of it.

While you work on that one, you can get a good start by avoiding “there is/are/was/were,” “it is/was,” “that is/are/were,” and “which is/are.” You can also try to dump what I call “wazzle” (waffling and fuzzy) words, like “actually,” “aspects,” “basically,” “definitely,” “quite,” “really,” “situation,” “truly,” “ultimately,” and “very. ” Actually, these are basically fruity habits, and they can truly go in most situations. “Could,” “should,” and “would” are also famous wazzlers (in case you missed it, these strike-outs illustrate words that can be deleted from the sentence without reducing the meaning: “these fruity habits can go”).

Let me try an analogy. Think of your writing in the same way you think about all the stuff you own. Now think of having a yard sale. What you put into your yard sale is the useless junk that has been hanging around for a long time. At first you feel a little remorse in seeing it all go, but then, with your new, uncluttered world, you feel light, clean, and fresh, just like they say in the soap commercials. Apply this to your writing. Keep the good stuff, and get rid of the useless clutter that’s been cluttering your writing.

Aforementioned = DELETE

A considerable amount of = DELETE OR BE SPECIFIC

A lot of = many, much

A majority of = most, much of, many

Added bonus = bonus

Advance warning = warning

Advance planning = planning

After all is said and done = DELETE

All across = across

All of a sudden = suddenly

All of these = these

Almost never = seldom

Along the lines of = like

Are such that = DELETE

Are/was/were able to = can OR DELETE

As a matter of fact = in fact OR DELETE

As a means to = to

As a whole = DELETE

As a way to = to

As being a = as OR DELETE

As it truly is = DELETE

As of the moment = DELETE

As the case may be = DELETE

At the conclusion of = after

At all times = always OR DELETE

At first glance = DELETE

At the present time = currently, now

At the same time that = while

At this point in time = now OR DELETE

Based in large part on = based on

Basic necessity = necessity

Basic fundamentals = basics OR fundamentals

Because of the fact of = because of

Being = DELETE

Being that = because

Both of these/them/the = both

Brings to mind = recalls/suggests

But yet = but OR yet

By and large = DELETE

By definition = DELETE

By leaps and bounds = DELETE

By means of = by

By the use of = using

By virtue of [the fact that] = by

Came to a realization = realized/recognized

Came to an abrupt end = end[ed] abruptly

Can be seen as = is OR DELETE

Clearly articulate = articulate

Close scrutiny = scrutiny

Common similarities = similarities

Compare and contrast = compare

Complete stranger = stranger

Completely eliminate = eliminate

Concerning the matter of = about/regarding

Connect[ed] together = connect[ed]

Continue into the future = continue

Core essence = DELETE

Correctional facility = jail

Despite the fact that = although

Did not succeed = failed



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Wordiness, wordiness, wordiness list