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As important as proper punctuation is, editing your work for unnecessary filler words is essential. There are words we can eliminate from our writing in order to get the message across more clearly. Readers will have a stronger appreciation for your press releases and articles written with concise and powerful language. Here are 5 words to avoid when penning your next piece.

Improve your Writing Skills: 5 Words to Avoid

  1. Think

Saying you ‘think’ something is implied if it is written down. The reader knows a thought you shared is your opinion just by reading it; improve your writing skills by eliminating this word from your writing!

  1. Just

“This product is just great!” Using the word ‘just’ may sound like adding credibility or intensity, but is actually weakening your sentence. Eliminating it won’t remove any meaning from the sentence and will only strengthen your writing skills.

  1. That

Sometimes ‘that’ can come in handy to add clarity to your sentence, but usually ‘that’ is just a filler word wasting space on the page. Instead of writing, ‘It’s the house that is green,” you could write, “The green house.” By tightening your writing, ideas will be easier for readers to understand and read quickly. No one wants to get bogged down in unnecessary wording.

  1. Got

‘Got’ is a word acceptable in conversation, but not in writing. Using ‘got’ instead of an interesting verb is a waste of an opportunity to describe what you mean to your readers. Your writing skills will improve when you present the audience with dynamic sentences like, “He obtained his degree,” instead of boring ones like, “He got an award.”

  1. Good

Saying your product or service is ‘good’ isn’t going to cut it. Use a more descriptive word to tell your readers what makes your product good. Do you offer a unique benefit? Lead with the benefit(s) of the product and not that it is “good” at doing what it does.

Eliminating these unnecessary words will improve your writing dramatically; creating stronger, more compelling writing your audience will enjoy reading! What other words can you cut from your writing?