Part 3 – Little Steps at the Beginning of the Journey
Part 3 of 7-Part Series
CHOOSE BETTER WORDS – Eliminate Feeble Words
Discover the Past
Recover the Present
Revise the Future
In my previous article, Little Steps #2, I spoke of my personal challenge to STOP speaking words of criticism, complaint, and gossip. It is an ongoing challenge – much more difficult to do this than I could have imagined.
In today’s article, I introduce you to Little Steps #3 when I move on to discuss HOW we can develop our words more carefully and change them from negative or weak words, into powerful, life altering words. If you are a writer this Little Step might be what you need to think about in developing your work. This Little Step is a good one for anyone, in any profession.
I created 2 lists and tacked them on the wall beside my computer. I need to look at these 2 lists often to remind myself to use more powerful and direct words. I use my 2 lists to edit my writing. Create your own lists and check them often until you get in the habit of looking for the words that are weak and feeble in your writing.
List #1: Passive Words – they give a feeling of uncertainty to your writing. You want to be direct and certain, not wishy-washy. Go through your writing draft and change the passive voice into strong active voice.
Eliminate: was; were; are; is; have been
List #2: Feeble phrases and words to eliminate from your writing:
Eliminate: amazing; awesome; actually; really; very; things; it; quite; got;
perhaps; maybe; literally; stuff; in my opinion; incidentally
Review your writing, then get out your blue pencil or hit the delete button on every word from this list. Replace those “busy work” and “filler” words with powerful clear words that make your piece strong.
This link will take you to a good page to read on Active and Passive Voice in your writing:
When you CHANGE YOUR VOCABULARY, a better choice of words enables you to speak and write better. You will feel like a WINNER!
The next time you feel the words, “I can’t because…” coming up in your mouth, switch it to “I will figure out how to do…!”
When you say “I can’t” you’re telling yourself, or others, “I won’t.” In Little Step #2, we decided “NO MORE EXCUSES for YOU – Change your words – change your mind. Recognize feeble words and self-defeating excuses. Just don’t say those words anymore! You can do it. Be a GOLDEN APPLE in a SETTING of SILVER.
I love this verse from Proverbs 25:11 (ESV)
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”
Written and published by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright, 2015. Al Rights Reserved.
~ Our spirit whispers to us – listen for the message! ~