This past weekend I picked up a copy of “The Elements Of Style” at a library book sale for a dollar. If you’ve never heard of the book, I would highly recommend it. It’s one of those books that every writer should own.
It is filled with tips on how to write and make every word count, or every word tell, as the authors like to put it.
One of the tips offered, that I am guilty of, is avoiding the addition of qualifiers to your words. Qualifiers are words like rather, very, pretty, big, and little. My favorite one to use, or misuse I should say, is very 🙂 These words are described as leeches that take hold and suck the blood out of your words.
Because ‘very’ is my nemesis, I thought I would share a picture that I found on Google Images. As you can see, it provides alternatives to using ‘very’ and gets you to thinking about what you are really trying to say. I love it, and it has been very helpful (invaluable) to me. I hope it helps you as well.