Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes and poor phrasing in their work. When you’re reading someone else’s writing, though, you see points that need clarity and sentences that can be worded better.
Entrepreneur contributor Shaun Buck reminds us that people have an “infinite number of options” for media consumption and that if they get bored with your piece, they’ll simply find another article to read. It’s crucial to capture and keep readers’ attention with concise, to-the-point ideas; long-winded narratives will only drive them away.
As a professional copy editor, I read and review dozens of articles every week, and I’ve noticed some common clunky or extraneous phrases.
Whether you’re writing as yourself or ghostwriting for a client, do a quick self-edit and see whether you’ve slipped any of these “fillers” into your piece.
Phrases to cut