Master list of words / phrases to avoid #amwriting #amediting

G.L. Cromarty

Here is my list of words to avoid when writing with an explanation for each about alternatives and / or why. I don’t want to turn this into a thesaurus, we have a bounty of applications that can do a much better job, but I have popped some alternatives in where it helps to explain the point.

I make a pass through my manuscript for each of these words / phrases, and explore each one. There are generally 4 options:

  • Leave it
  • Remove it
  • Replace it with a more specific word
  • Rework the sentence

Master list of words / phrases to avoid

  1. A lot of – Alt. Many.
  2. Across – Overused word. If it is movement, consider how to better show movement.
  3. All – Overused word. Alt. Each, copious.
  4. Almost, always, already, anymore – Check each one, they are often redundant and can be removed.
  5. Came, came to – Alt. Arrived.
  6. Carried…

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