Another great post from K.M. Allan. This is a good resource to bookmark and re-use whenever you are editing a piece.
Not all words are created equal, and as a writer, you can devote many hours to finding the
best perfect one.
While playing with word choice and re-writing sentences until you get them just right can help capture what you’re trying to invoke, a weak word can do the opposite.
But how do you know which exact words will pull the strength from your sentences? That’s a skill you’ll learn to develop as you grow as a writer. In the meantime, the following checklist is a good place to start.
Use your Find/Search function to scour your MS for the following words.
- If your sentence makes sense without the weak word – Delete it
- If the weak word adds clarity – Keep it
- If deleting the weak word makes the sentence better but confusing – Delete the word and rewrite the sentence
The Weak Word Checklist
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