This is a fantastic chunk of advice for aspiring writers and even established authors who might have grown a little lazy over the years.
The words I’m most guilty of are all in the “some” family — something, someone, somewhere, somewhat. It’s been a tough but slow break-up. I still see the somes from time to time. I JUST CAN’T QUIT THEM!
Other words to ditch include “thing”, “one of” and adverbs ending in -ly. Peep the before and after of these example from the article that demonstrates what a little less -ly can do to your prose.
Sentence 1: “She laughed loudly.”
Sentence 2: “Her loud laugh seemed to reverberate through the party like a gong. Heads turned to see where the ruckus came from.”
Dayum. That’s good.
[via The Write Practice]