8 Words to Seek & Destroy in Your Writing

Shirley McLain

This is a piece previously posted by Robbie Blair that contains useful information that I want to share with you. Since I’m in the process of doing my final edit on Princess Adele’s Dragon I found this article helped me.  Maybe it can help you also.  Have a blessed week.  Shirley


Creating powerful prose requires killing off the words, phrases, and sentences that gum up your text. While a critical eye and good judgment are key in this process, some terms almost always get in the way. Here are eight words or phrases that should be hunted down in your story and deleted with extreme prejudice.


“Sudden” means quickly and without warning, but using the word “suddenly” both slows down the action and warns your reader. Do you know what’s more effective for creating the sense of the sudden? Just saying what happens.

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10 thoughts on “8 Words to Seek & Destroy in Your Writing

  1. I confess I’m guilty of all of these words but ‘sudden’. And I know they are bad, but they keep shwing up in my first drafts. Lots and lots of them. Taking them out the MS is half the job of the first revision.

    Very helpful list 🙂

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  2. I’m afraid I use all of these words in my posts regularly. I got to the end of the article and suddenly I was wondering if I really should have started reading it, even though it was very informative. Then I realized that it might, like, improve my writing.

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