Top tips for writers.

Updated: Nov 24, 2021


You've heard me mention enemy words.

Well, here is one of the worst enemy words for writers...VERY, lol.


It's one of those words that is VERY annoying to many readers.


Here are some alternatives to use. (Make sure you keep your enemy word list and check it often when you are editing.


Very noisy- deafening-booming-earsplitting.

Very often-frequently-regularly-routinely-repeatedly.

Very old-ancient-elderly-decrepit.

Very old fashioned-archaic-traditional-antique-vintage-retro.

Very open-transparent-honest-truthful-candid-forthright-outspoken-plainspoken-earnest-credible.

Very painful-excruciating-agonizing-torturous-raw-tender-smarting.

Very pale-ashen-paled-sickly-dulled-washed out-faded-lusterless.

Very perfect-flawless-unmarked-immaculate-unblemished-seamless.

Very poor-destitute-penniless-broke-hard up-needy-poverty stricken-skint-impoverished-dirt poor-hard up.

Very powerful-compelling-mighty-significant-influential.

Very pretty-beauiful-gorgeous-breathtaking

Very quick-rapid-fast-speedily-swift-snappy-hasty-prompt-

Very quiet-hushed-peaceful-placid-serene-soundless-noiseless-soudless.

Very-rainy-pouring-tipping it down, torrential, down pouring.

Very rich-wealthy-well off-priviledged-affluent-opulent-well off.

Very sad- sorrowful-saddened-depressed-miserable, blue-despondent-forlorn-woeful-unhappy-gloomy, down cast.

Very scared- petrified--terrified--fearful-frightened-spooked-horror struck.

Very scary-chilling-terrifying-alarming-frightening-hair raising-shocking-spine chilling-forbidding-

ery serious-grave-humorless-severe-sobering-solemn.

Very sharp-keen-acute-perceptive-precise.

Very shiny-gleaming-beaming-bedazzling-brilliant-radiant-luminous. Candescent.

Very short-brief-abrupt-blunt-snippy.

Very shy-timid-skittish-fainthearted-anxious.

Very simple-basic-unpretentious-minimalistic-unobtrusive-conservative-modest-restrained-toned down-unadorned-muted.

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