12 synonyms that will make you a better writer
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Instead of using “stuff”
The word “stuff” is a generic placeholder that weakens writing rather than adding to it. Andrea Ayres at Quartz suggests that when this word appears “an additional burden is placed on the reader to figure out what the reader is talking about.” Instead of using “stuff,” find the word that defines the substance. Do you find yourself writing “I’ve got some stuff to do?” Alternately, write with specificity such as ” I have to polish my resume and run errands” or “I’ve got to work on the project.” You can also use better synonyms like “matter,” “essence” or “principle.” Still looking for the right stuff?