I was revising one of my old drafts, and found that cutting out the fat was the answer in a lot of cases. I just trimmed and pared out words and the resulting writing was stronger.
In writing, it is essential that the point gets across to your reader just the way you want it. I came across this article which tells you about ten words to avoid, and why:
When trying to edit my work, I tried out the advice in this article, and it works!