Writing Tip: Omit superfluous words

Writing tip for the day:

When I am editing, one of the first things I do is omit the words ‘very,’ ‘a lot,’ ‘many,’ and ‘really,’ from the piece.


Today’s event featured many brilliant thinkers from around the globe. They really impressed us with their unique ideas! We were presented with a lot of very thought-provoking and inspiring material.

See how much cleaner it looks and sounds after those words were removed?

These small omissions do not change the meaning of your message. Rather, the idea becomes clearer and your writing becomes more powerful.