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How to Avoid Filler Words In Your Writing: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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For today’s column, I thought I focus on something that affects quite a lot of writers, both new and experienced. The dreaded filler or filter words. We all use them but knowing what they are can help when it comes to your second and third draft self-edits. My filler word is “just”. It creeps in all the time. Hopefully the links I’ve chosen today will help explain more about filler words and how avoiding them can improve your writing.

https://grammar.yourdictionary.com/grammar/style-and-usage/avoid-these-filler-words-in-your-writing.html – Avoid These Filler Words in Your Writing: This is an excellent resource that not only explains filler words but also provides a list of filler words to filter out as well as providing examples.

https://writeitsideways.com/are-these-filter-words-weakening-your-fiction/ – Are These Filter Words Weakening Your Fiction?: This article explains what filter words are and provides examples that show you how to recognise them in your novel or story.

https://www.grammarcheck.net/filler-words/ – 30 Filler Words You Can Cut Out of Your Writing: This is a great infographic that you can print out and refer to when self-editing your first draft. It also includes examples.

https://annerallen.com/2017/06/filter-words-and-phrases-to-avoid-in-writing/ – Filter Words and Phrases to Avoid in Writing Fiction: Featuring a list of filter words and examples of how to replace them, this article by Kathy Steinemann is a must read. The list of filter words is extensive and the examples are great. Five exercises for writers to try finishes off the article.

https://www.septembercfawkes.com/2018/02/breaking-writing-rules-right-dont-use.html – Breaking Writing Rules Right: Don’t Use Filter Words: Packed with great examples, this article brings home the need to remove filter words and how to make your writing pack a punch.

https://savvyauthors.com/filler-words-to-remove-from-your-novel-by-meg-latorre/ – Filter Words To Remove From Your Novel: This piece contains more filler words that the previous articles and includes examples. It also looks at dialogue tags and passive voice https://thewritepractice.com/better-writer-now/ – Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words: This article looks at 7 words and phrases to cut from your writing. Many of these are expanded upon such as the use of “to be” verbs and adverbs.

https://www.tckpublishing.com/how-to-eliminate-crutch-words/ – How to Eliminate Crutch Words: Beginning with an explanation of crutch words, this article details what common crutch words are before moving on to provide tips on how to avoid them. This includes recognising them in your writing as well as removing them whilst making sure you are still getting your point across.

I hope you enjoyed the links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans

About the author

Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans

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