5 terrible writing habits to avoid

Instead of running for the hills the next time you’re stumped on proper grammar, consider these approaches. 

I have a theory: The more disciplined the writer, the easier it is to make a living as one.

It seems obvious, but it took me several years of filing taxes with “writer” as my profession before I realized that my ability to adhere to the task at hand and complete it effectively was directly linked to my salary.

The more disciplined you are, the more money you can make. It’s that simple

However, even the most diligent writers harbor bad habits that haunt them. Some seem too hard to break.

I tend to overwrite. I fall in love with passages easily, making it nearly impossible to self-edit. Writers in the corporate communications world can fall prey to using jargon, injecting words such as “utilize” or “leverage” when “use” should be employed.

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Every writer has both good and bad habits—but how can we weed those that are less desirable, helping our talents shine?

A recent infographic from GrammarCheck.net highlights five of the most common bad writing habits—and how to avoid them.

Recognize any of these?

1. Overuse of filler words

2. Using too many weak words

3. Weak adjectives

4. Verbose colloquialisms

5. Nominalization

Learn more in the infographic below:


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