Posted on 06/28/2021 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Want an easy way to improve your writing?

Look for what Kris Spisak calls cheat words during the revision stage.

Specifically, run a search for “realize,” “felt,” and “suddenly,” and see how often they appear. 

The idea isn’t to never use them — it’s to recognize places in which you’re telling the reader rather than making him or her actually realize, feel, or be surprised by something.

Spisak takes a deeper look at how and why to avoid these cheat words at Writer’s Digest.

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