Repetitive words and phrases bog down your story and frustrate the reader, as they are a waste of their time to read. To avoid this, here are some phrases to watch out for in your writing.
- absolutely certain A certainty is absolute.
- actual experience An experience has occurred, so it's actual.
- advance planning Planning occurs before an event (in advance).
- ask a question What else would you be asking?
- at the present time "At present" is the same as "At this time."
- blue in color It's apparent that blue is a color.
- cash money Isn't cash always money?
- combined together Things must be together to be combined.
- completely filled If it's filled, it's thoroughly done (or complete).
- each and every These mean the same thing.
- invited guests Guests are people with an invitation.
- mix together You can't mix something apart.
- month of July It's a well-known fact that July is a month.
- repeat again To repeat is to reiterate something.
- small in size Small obviously refers to a size.
- still remains If something remains, it's still there.
- sum total When you have a sum, it's a total.
- triangular in shape It's obvious triangular is a shape.
- unexpected surprise By its nature, a surprise isn't expected.
- unintentional mistake A mistake isn't planned or on purpose.
Minor revisions can fix these errors in your writing and add clarity to the story. While it takes practice, this list can help you recognize repetitive phrases so your writing can become stronger.