Reading a coaching article about the language we use (with ourselves, as well as others), I noted that we should avoid the words “don’t” and “didn’t” where possible. But, that seems really tricky I thought.
I read that “but” should be avoided, too.
Then I read that we shouldn’t be avoiding certain words, per se, and we should focus on positive, benefit driven language.
There’s a lot to absorb and as someone that uses “but” a lot in my writing, I’m looking forward to thinking about how I communicate more closely. I didn’t realise I used it so much, and I don’t want to keep doing so unless it’s a deliberate choice.
Or perhaps I should say, I’ve recognised I use it regularly and will be making it a more deliberate choice in future.
How much impact does word choice have – on the reader, and on the writer?
What do you think?