Filtering Out Filter Words

Standard

Here’s a writing tip that I hadn’t heard of before: eliminate filter words, the words that distance your reader from experiencing what the character is going through. Write It Sideways has a great example of a paragraph with filter words, and how it would read after removing them.

Here are the words to watch out for in your writing.

  • to see
  • to hear
  • to think
  • to touch
  • to wonder
  • to realize
  • to watch
  • to look
  • to seem
  • to feel (or feel like)
  • can
  • to decide
  • to sound (or sound like)
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s