“Very” is one of those unnecessary words that can dull our writing. Take Mark Twain’s advice and if you get the urge to write “very”, substitute “damn” instead.
You won’t or shouldn’t necessarily leave all those “damns” in, however (especially if you’re writing children’s books). As The Write Practice quotes Twain:
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very,’” said Mark Twain. “Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
Got it? Damn good.
Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words [The Write Practice]