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
I love this advice. Use it in place of any oft repeated word. But, in this day and age, you can catch these before the editor. Hopefully. :)
That is great advice. I tried it out with some funny results. Here's a couple lines I hadn't edited, except for the substitution. Funny how it fits the latter two. LOLReplyDelete
“*Damn* well.” The woman took a few steps back and then turned and left.
He grimaced, his mood *damn* sour.
It was *damn* dark, but he could see a small shivering shadow in the darkness.
I did the same thing, Sarah! Yeah, it is funny. I like yours. Think your editor would appreciate the substitutions? *grin*Delete
Thanks!! Hmm... LOL I don't think so, especially since there were 15 matches for "very." That's quite a few "damn"s. LOLDelete