Every word should be worth its weight in gold.
‘That’ is often used to pad a sentence and can be deleted:
that words creep into a sentence.
Conjunctions (and, but, …) could be removed and two shorter sentences used instead – or maybe one, with a semicolon – to better effect?
Faint-heart-never-won-fair-lady words include ‘maybe’, ‘possibly’ and ‘perhaps’. Try deleting them; see what happens.
Here are three more instances where you could edit your text, deleting some words to improve the value of what remains.
Cut out bits of fluff
Apart from within dialogue, where you might make a case for a character to talk in a particular way, these four words could, and should, be eliminated from your writing:
They say nothing. They add nothing. Cut out these bits of fluff!
Launch in with the facts
It’s commonplace to start a sentence ‘There is …’ or ‘There are …’ instead of launching in with the facts.
Avoid over explaining – using ‘reason’ and ‘because’ in the same sentence.
Some might think that kicking off with a claim adds weight to the text. Not true!
Instead, ‘Writers find editing a chore’ says it all?
Ditch redundant text
Readers only need to be told something once.
We all know grey is a colour, so no need for the word ‘colour’ here.
Watch out also for ‘seem’. It flags up the imagery that follows – but isn’t necessary.