Monday, April 25, 2011

V is for Very

Very is such an overused word. I edit a lot of book reviews and notice that some writers use it a lot. Okay, so do I. One of the many items on my editing checklist is to look for that word and determine whether it's necessary--probably 90 percent of the time my answer is "no." Very is an intensifier that often adds little meaning. Bill Gates is very rich? Okay, I'll give you that one. I love you very much? Yes, we'd better keep that one handy. But trust me, it's a word that bears scrutiny.

1 comment:

Melissa Bradley said...

I agree. Very is overused, but it pops up often in my rough drafts. I always have to go through and pick it out at least a couple dozen times when I do the first edits.