It’s all too easy to overstuff your writing when you’re striving for a natural, unstrained tone. We lean on filler words in conversation to soften our speech and build connections, but these words don’t convey enough information to be effective in writing.
The internet is peppered with lists of words to cut from your writing. Unfortunately, if you don’t know why to avoid them and what to do instead, you could be causing more havoc than good. Instead of considering these words problems to delete, look at them as opportunities for revision.