18 Common Words That You Should Replace in Your Writing

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It’s a familiar scene: you’re slumped over your keyboard or notebook, obsessing over your character. While we tend to agonize over everything from structure to backstory, it’s important to weigh how you write something too. A perfectly constructed world is flat on the page if you use feeble, common words. When you’re finished constructing your perfectly balanced world, do your writing a favor and take another pass to weed out these 18 haggard words.


High on any list of most used English words is “good.” While this word may appear to be the perfect adjective for nearly anything, that is precisely what makes it so vague. Try getting more specific. If something’s going well, try “superb,” “outstanding” or “exceptional.”


Another of the common words in English is “new.” “New” is an adjective that doesn’t always set off alarm bells, so it can be easy to forget about. Give your…

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6 Responses to 18 Common Words That You Should Replace in Your Writing

  1. Gail Rehbein says:

    Some good advice. Thanks for sharing it Gina.


  2. Great list. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  3. Robyn Haynes says:

    Thanks for some timely advice Gina.


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