by Barbara McNichol
To be a better writer, when should you stop using the word start?
Now. Good writing includes the ability to craft strong, clear statements. Extraneous words and phrases water down communications. An outstanding example of this is the overuse of the words “start” and “begin.”
Look at these examples of creating stronger statements by going straight to the key action verb rather than “beginning” to go for it.
Example 1: Slowly begin to approach your teammate with your idea.
Better: Slowly approach your teammate with your idea.
Example 2: Start making an agenda for the meeting.
Better: Make an agenda for the meeting.
True confession time: Do you ever overuse “start” and “begin”? Please don’t start!
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From tennis nut to word nerd and successful book editor, Barbara McNichol has built a career around her love of the English language. She can show you how great writing skills can help you get hired … win promotions … and build better working relationships. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org