Filtering Out Filter Words


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)

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