Clean Your Writing

Good writing is subjective but we can tell you if you're falling into common pitfalls that may make your writing weaker.

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What we look for

Suggesting writing changes is not an easy job and we don't pretend that we know what perfect writing looks like. We do know that certain elements can weaken writing and make it harder for your readers. With WriteBetter we look for the following items when evaluating writing quality.

Passive Voice

Passive voice inverts the logical progression of ideas making those ideas hard to follow, especially when they are complex or technical. Another strike against passive voice is the wordiness that inevitably accompanies it.

Too Wordy Phrases

It's easy to add filler that hurts your point rather than strengthening it. These wordy phrases hide the true intent of your prose.

Lexical Illusion

Lexical illusions are hard to spot since our brain can scan text so quickly. By definition it is a repeated word.

Sentence Length

Long sentences are a quick way to lose a reader. Sometimes things you want to convey are better said in short bursts.

Weasel Words

Weasel words create an impression that a specific or meaningful statement has been made, when only a vague or ambiguous claim has been communicated, enabling the specific meaning to be denied if the statement is challenged.


Adverbs are good in moderation but are one of the most overused parts of writing. They are repetitive and dillute the actual verb they are modifying.


Cliches are expressions which have become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being irritating.

Starting Phrases

Sentence starters should be concise rather than vague. Phrases such as "there is", "there are", and "so" should be avoided.