So, like, uh, why are you using crutch words? I mean really

Write every day; never give up; it’s supposed to be difficult;
try to find some pleasure and reward in the act of writing,
because you can’t look for praise from editors, readers, or
critics. In other words, tips that are much easier to give
than to take. J. R. Moehringer

New, aspiring writers, even old codgers like me, sometimes slip crutch words into our writing to give ourselves more time to think, or emphasize a word, phrase or thought.

I’m actually guilty of it sometimes myself. I honestly struggle with crutch words. Really. To be fair, however, despite my years of experience I must seriously pay attention to my word choices when I write. I mean, really I’m only human.

If you did not cringe or at least chuckle a bit when you read that last paragraph you may want to re-think your devotion to the fine art of writing. Which did you do? Did you cringe (Is he that amateurish?)? or did you chuckle (What a jokester this guy is)? If you thought it was a cool, okay paragraph, you might want to revisit your writing career dreams or take a writing 101 class.

It was TERRIBLE! Replete with crutch words.

All writers are, on occasion, guilty of crutch word slippage.

“Gee gosh golly, Steve, how can we cure crutch word slippage in our writing,” you ask.

Modern language scholars have discovered only one effective cure for crutch word slippage: Edit. Edit. Edit.

Editing never ends. Sometimes even after you’ve published you need to return to your draft to change something.  Editing is a continuous task if our goal is to write on target blog posts. Many bloggers I read use informal language or familiar vernacular when they write blog posts. Good editing practice in the blogosphere makes your writing here and in the real world better.

So avoid crutch words in your writing. Edit. Edit. Edit. Really!

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