Read your work carefully. Underline all long winded phrases that you can shorten through word replacement. Common phrases are things like "Due to the fact", "As a general rule" or "In the event that". These sentences might feel smart and formal, but they truly prevent your writing from reaching a higher level.
Underneath each flabby expression, write simple words that you can use that mean the same thing. For example, you can replace "As a general rule" with "Generally" or "Mostly" or "Usually," and "Due to the fact" with "Because" or "As a result"
Circle the replacement word you like best and rewrite with that word. Circle any inexact or vague words in your writing, such as words like "fine", "good", "nice" or comparable words. Write suitable replacement words underneath them, such as "Inspiring," "Pleasant," "Memorable" and other such descriptive words.
Circle the replacement word you like best and use that one.