Avoid These Expressions

If the book publisher you approach with your proposal is a vanity press (they’ll publish you as long as you’ve got money), it doesn’t matter how well you write, so you can skip this post.

But, if you’re approaching a royalty or equity publisher who care about the quality of the writing and content in the manuscript, you may benefit from learning which expressions good writers avoid (placed in alphabetical order).

  • And also–since these two words mean the same thing, this is redundant.
  • Being that–these are empty words that add nothing.
  • Due to the fact that–Because means the same thing, so use one word in place of five.
  • Each and every–more redundancy.
  • Firstly, secondly, thirdly–English is a living language and has moved away from the overuse of adverbs. You remember adverbs–they modify adjectives, verbs, and other adverbs. Better to just write first, second, third.
  • Lots or lots of–while these are okay when writing dialog, they don’t belong in your narration. Consider using many or much instead.
  • Nature–an example is “She knew he liked sports that had a violent nature.” Rewrite to say “She knew he liked violent sports.”
  • On account of–this, too, means because, so just say because.

Good writers write creatively and in their own voice. Avoid redundancy and wordy expressions and you’ll improve your writing!

Happy writing!


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