What are hedge words?
They’re words and phrases like just, I think, kind of, seem, and many others that lessen the impact your writing could make. They can seep into the writing of any level of writer, but it’s to your benefit to root them out during your self-editing phase.
In addition to providing a longer list of hedge words in this episode, I also dig into the deeper reason why we tend to use these words.
I reference “Feel like a fraud?” from the American Psychological Association and this excellent excerpt from This American Life‘s Ira Glass: