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128 Ways to Avoid the Word “Very” [Infographic]

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Have you ever noticed how often you use the word ‘very’?

We tend to use it to make a point or express a superlative. However, we often end up with a lame sentence because the word ‘very’ has lost all power through overuse.

Check out the fantastic infographic below that offers 128 words you can use instead of ‘very’.

This list of words will make your writing sparkle!

128 Words to Use Instead of Very

What did you learn from the infographic?

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47 Killer Tips All Writers Need When Their Creativity Goes AWOL

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All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories. ~Neil Gaiman

Scary, isn’t it?

That wall.

Behind which all your great words are waiting. Waiting to be released, to fly away, to change the world.

Scary because that wall appeared from nowhere.

One minute you were on such a flow. Ideas flew out of your head faster than your fingers could turn them into words.

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The Science Behind Writing Drunk and Editing Sober: Infographic

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Hemingway’s famous advice was to “write drunk, edit sober”.

Although there is a lot of debate as to whether Hemingway actually said this, it does raise an interesting question: does alcohol help with the writing process?

It is no secret that some of the greatest authors were heavy drinkers, including David Foster Wallace, Edgar Allan Poe, Truman Capote, and of course Ernest Hemingway.

Hemingway enjoyed a cocktail or two so often that another writer,

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The Ultimate 10 Step Guide to Plan and Write Your Book


Writing a book isn’t easy.

It takes weeks, probably months, of consistent work.

It will challenge you.

Yet … a book can change everything.

Perhaps your book will add an extra income stream to your freelancing business, bringing in royalties so that you’re no longer purely tied to by-the-hour work.

Perhaps your book will be an important signifier of your expertise in your field, impressing current clients …

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How to Make Writing Fun: 5 Apps for Writers

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Feeling exhausted?



Congratulations, you just might be a writer.

From a spectator’s point of view, writing seems easy. All you have to do is sit down and let the words flow out of your minds and onto the page.

The reality is rather different, and you are certainly familiar with what we are talking about.

Staring at a blank page for hours,

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What’s the Story Here? Creative Writing Excercise



It’s time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity.

Take a look at the image above.

What’s the story?

Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?

Here’s how it works:

  • We set the scene
  • You make it your own, and
  • Share your creation in the comments section of this post

 Now for the ground rules:

  • Your story must be 350 words or less.

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Interview With Charles Rosenberg: From Zero to Bestselling Author in 2 Years


In the space of just over two years, an Charles Rosenbert went from zero to bestselling author.

How did he do it?

Here’s what happened…

A couple of years ago, I downloaded a free Kindle book by Charles Rosenberg. It was called Death on a High Floor.  Honestly, I didn’t expect much.

But I was so excited by the style of writing that I hunted down Charles on Facebook and sent him this message:

“Loved the book!

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New Research Shows How Expressive Writing Can Make You Happier

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Do you feel down at times?

I think it can happen to all of us.

When we feel down, life is a struggle. Even simple things can feel overwhelming.

And creativity? Forget it.

But as writers, we have a secret weapon to make us feel happier and more positive. Read on to find out how to use it.

The secret weapon of expressive writing

When Shalhavit Cohen first studied with Professor Tal Ben-Shahar at Harvard,

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Two Complete Content Marketing Examples for Fiction and Nonfiction Authors

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Last week, we took the plunge into a comprehensive content-marketing strategy for authors.

If you’re new to the world of content marketing … “plunge” is definitely the right word: five steps, over forty-two-hundred words, twenty-three separate visuals, and no less than thirty-seven links for further reading.

Insightful? Yes.

Helpful? I sure hope so.

Overwhelming? Probably.

But don’t despair. Today’s post is all about putting that plan into action.

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Get More Blog Subscribers With These 7 Post Types

get more subscribersIt’s not easy being a startup blogger. You don’t have much of a subscriber list yet. You post and post, and not much happens. Nobody seems to care enough to actually put in their email and sign up. Know how to bust out of this? How to Get More Blog Subscribers