What Are Filler Words?
According to Wikipedia, filler words are used in linguistics to signal a pause or that a person is finished speaking. Common words are ‘um’, ‘ah’, ‘like’, ‘basically’, ‘okay’, and ‘so’.
The above are common in speech, but rarely make it into our writing. They’re fillers. They hold little or no important content or substance but are there more out of habit or to fill gaps.
When I write, I don’t think. The words pour out as they see fit, but not all of them are necessary.
We’re all guilty of this no matter how experienced a writer you are. The key is to discover your filler words, be aware, and be willing to edit them out.
Here’s a List of Twenty Common Filler Words in Writing
Often when we read text we think of a sentence as being correct with the filler word, but you have to also realize that it works just as well without.
- sort of
- kind of
- a little
Redundancy is when you use more words than necessary to describe something.
Take a look at these examples. They say the same thing but one is more concise and tight.
Filler Words Add Length but Not Substance
When you write you wouldn’t include every um and er in the text… and if you do, you best edit them out unless they have a good reason to stay.
Writing, unlike speaking, needs to be tighter, and with less of the unnecessary breaks that we do normally in speech. This will assist you in not only in keeping your word counts more accurate, but also tighten up the prose to make it flow better.
How to Use Find and Replace
Editing is so important in our writing. Did you see the Four Must Do Steps for Editing? If not, you should take a look.
For editing out your filler words use the Find and Replace tab on your computer.
Watch the short video below that I made. It’ll be a huge help.
Get rid of your filler words and this will make your writing more succinct and professional.
I want to say that the Find and Replace is also helpful for changing up names, spelling, and grammatical error that you want to change. Good luck.
I sure hope this helped. Remember to leave a like and comment!
What’s your filler word that you over use the most? Mine is “that”…
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