As a child, I loved Peanut butter and Fluff sandwiches. That ooy gooy marshmallow paired well with the smooth peanut butter, Heaven!
They tasted best at the beach. So warm and sweet, I could overlook a few grains of sand.
Fluff is great for sandwiches but not in a manuscript, article, or blog.Fluff is great for sandwiches but not in a manuscript. Click To Tweet
What do I mean by fluff?
Those unnecessary words that slow the reader. My favorite fluff word, “that.” I used it 313 times in my first manuscript.
For sweeter writing, here are a few words my editor sent me to eliminate from a manuscript. I must share them with you.
That, really, very, just, then
totally, completely, absolutely, literally, every
definitely, certainly, probably, actually, basically, virtually
was, is, are, am, all
used to, never, often, almost
big, small, large, tiny
begin, began, begun
Rather, quite, somewhat, somehow
Down, up, in, out, under, over
Wonder, ponder, think, thought, seem
feel, felt, understand, realize
breathe, inhale, exhale
Shrug, nod, reach
Stuff, things, got
This is not an exhaustive list.
Read your piece without these words. Does it flow better? If not, leave the word.
If you use one word often, try rewriting the sentence with different words.
Let’s remove fluff from our writing to make it more palatable.
What fluff words do you use? Is there a word I should add to the list?
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