Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
– Mark Twain
Every writer has a list (or should have a list) of no-no words that they use too often. These are words that are stale, cliché or even inappropriate. Here’s a list of my own:
- brevity confused with poignancy
- shards or dust
- this list will have to be expanded at a later date