It’s amazing how much better a piece of writing can be without these little words called filter words. Take them out, change them a bit, and instantly you have a tighter piece that puts the reader directly in your character’s shoes.
Here’s a list to get you started. And a little trick- use the F5 key to search for them in your writing.
With filter words:
It seemed to be getting colder each time I stepped outside. I looked up and saw beautiful, white snowflakes falling from the sky and the only sound I heard was the crunch of the ground. I felt a chill in the air and then a shiver. I touched my scarf and wrapped it tighter. It was then that I realized, there are some things we can always count on.
Bye, bye filter words:
Each time I stepped outside it was a little bit colder. Beautiful, white snowflakes fell from the sky as the frozen ground crunched beneath my feet. A chill shot through me, making me shiver from head to toe. I wrapped my scarf tighter. Yes, there are some things we can always count on.
A few helpful links . . .