Overusing Words

When it comes to writing, many people have a habit of overusing certain words.  Good, Great, Really, and Very are among some of the most common.  Of course the goal of any written material is to make a point, but if you intend to keep your reader’s attention, you’ll want to use vivid, descriptive words.  Try to strike a balance between compelling and fluffy though, keeping in mind your audience and writing directly to them.  Here’s a great article from Writers Write about overuse of the word very:  

45 Ways to Avoid Using the Word ‘Very’

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”  -N.H. Kleinbaum