The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.
Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes and poor phrasing in their work. When you’re reading someone else’s writing, though, it becomes easier to see points that need clarity and sentences that can be worded better.
Entrepreneur contributor Shaun Buck reminds us that people have an “infinite number of options” for media consumption, and if they get bored with your piece, they’ll simply find another article to read. It’s critical to capture and keep readers’ attention up front with concise, to-the-point ideas; long-winded narratives will only drive them away.
As a professional copy editor, I read and review dozens of articles every week, and I’ve noticed some common clunky and/or extraneous phrases that even the most talented writers occasionally fall back on.
Whether you’re writing as yourself or ghostwriting for a client, do a quick self-edit and see if you’ve slipped any of these “fillers” into your piece.