"Delete These Four Words to Improve Your Writing Right Now"
"New writers struggle with writing, not because they don’t have a command of language. They do. Rather, they use a lot of needless words."
Mines the advice of the classic Strunk and White writing handbook to find areas where unnecessary words can be cut.
Notes that among the words are: "that," -ly ending words, everything but "said" for dialogue, and hesitant phrases like "I believe" and "I think."
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Darin L. Hammond