Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Several years ago, I saved a blog article written by Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen where she gave a list of over-used words in our writing. Below is her top-20 list of over-used adjectives. Do any of these look overly familiar? If so, you might give your latest WIP another look, use the “find” and “replace” section of your computer and replace dull, over-used words with a fresh new perspective.

  1. Many
  2. Pretty
  3. Nice
  4. Kind
  5. Pleasant
  6. Tall/short/fat/skinny
  7. Big/little
  8. Shimmering
  9. Absolutely
  10. Same exact
  11. Truly unique
  12. Quite
  13. Funny
  14. Incredible
  15. A lot
  16. Bad/good
  17. Roaring
  18. Interesting
  19. Amazing
  20. Any

Some of these, I admit that I’ve seen and used before. I think it’s quite funny and incredible that some writers regard a word as truly unique and others think it is absolutely used too many times. Well, that was a small effort to use them all, but I only got about six.

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