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The three words you need to delete from your writing regardless of fiction or non-fiction are SO, VERY and SUDDENLY. All they do is slow your readers down and make you look like an amateur writer.
Trust me on this one. "Very" and "suddenly" are useless modifiers. Find better ways to engage your readers. "The horse ran very quickly" could be "The stallion galloped."
The word "so" is a crutch word that offers nothing to your writing. "So, take what ever seat you wish so we can get started." Consider this: "Take whatever seat you wish, we need to get started." Note how the latter commands authority.
As an exercise, rewrite the following sentence and eliminate those three horrible words. Please post your solutions : So Frank ran into the room very quickly and suddenly stopped so fast it was comical.
Thanks and keep writing,