When I finish a piece of writing there are a few quick editing steps I take. The first is to look for passive voice. I've gotten good at not using it, but I am far from perfect and find a number of instances in any piece of writing.
The second thing I do is look for words that indicate lazy writing or poor sentences. I've created a list in OneNote that I add to as I find new pesky words. Right now, they are:
- To do
- "Crutch Words"
- In fact
Not always, but generally speaking, these words indicate transitions and sentences or whole paragraphs that fall down a little bit and with some pruning and replanting could be made much more verdant.