Friday, October 18, 2019

Writing Hack⁠—How to Clean Up Writing—Forget Clichés & Slang

Writing Hack #29 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

My main writing hack for how to clean up writing is to reduce or eliminate slang, contractions, and clichés. Contractions are normal to use when speaking but do not translate well into written mediums. Even informal writing screams out for a minimal morsel of a formality since the medium itself is formal. Therefore, only use contractions, slang, and clichés when you quote a person in your narrative.

Slang includes expressions, idioms, and clichés. These can be confusing to readers, depending on their culture, or age group. Books are often translated into other languages and slang will not translate well. Keep writing free from slang, unless slang is included in the dialogue. Using slang with your own voice is inappropriate and amateurish. Remove such words as:

Chilled out

Epic (some exceptions)
Freaked out
Had a blast
Hang out

Rip off
Ripped (muscular)
Sick (unbelievable)

The following is a list of clichés to avoid using when writing:

A piece of cake
At the end of the day
Avoid like the plague
Let the cat out of the bag
Let’s face it
Once in a blue moon

See eye to eye
Take the bull by the horns
The best of both worlds
To add insult to injury
To be honest
To cost an arm and a leg

To cut corners
To feel under the weather
To kill two birds with one stone
Until the cows come home
When pigs fly

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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