Hi everyone, and welcome to your creative writing tip of the week!
I make a habit of reading books of the age we publish for at Dernier Publishing, for research. It’s amazing how much you can learn from what other people have written. I thoroughly recommend it (if you’ve been receiving these tips any length of time you’ll know that!).
One book I’ve been reading recently has made frequent use of the word “very”. Sometimes, I can’t help thinking, a stronger word would have made for better reading.
What do you think of the following:
- She drank her coffee very quickly.
- She gulped down her coffee.
- She wore a very nice party dress
- She wore a red velvet dress with a little bow at the front
Do you prefer number 2 in both cases?
Why not check through your current work in progress, see if you have any “verys” and consider if there may be a better way to say the same thing?
Trust that helps!
And before I go, I’d like to pass on some encouragement from Jan G, who receives these Write for a Reason writing tips every week, and sent in the following, after last week’s thought on stepping stones (if you missed it you can read it here):