Whenever we talk, and we want to give ourselves time to think, we use filler words, of crutch words, like ‘uh’ or ‘anyway’ or ‘as I was saying’ or like you hear so much ‘you know’. Sometimes people use the same word over and over again, and if you are like me, you concentrate on that one word so much, that you sometimes don’t hear what they are really saying.
Crutch or filler words in writing
In writing crutch words are words we use for a particular reason, but we tend to use too much. We lean on the words to fill our text, and instead of it strengthening our text, it weakens it. You should catch these words when you edit your stories, but you might be so used to using them in your speech, that you don’t. In order to make your text stronger, identify the filler words you use the most, then edit your story and check whether your sentence will be stronger without it.
Tip: using crutch words in dialogue will mostly be more acceptable than in the rest of your story, but once more: don’t use it too much!
Examples of words
Below is a lost of the most commonly used crutch words. If you have any to add, please let us know.
|as though||look/glance||there is/are|
|beginning to||need||to be fair|
|believe||needless to say||truly|
|for what it’s worth||really||yeah|
|highly||seem to||you see|