Well, Really!

A Rant About Writing
I have a real problem with the word “really,” in all its forms. You see, I have this tendency to really overuse that particular word, even when it’s not really needed. Now, you may think this is really a minor problem, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it really isn’t. Because really overusing a word, especially one that’s not really necessary, can really weaken a sentence. Which, in turn, really weakens the paragraph, the page, the chapter — hell, it really weakens the whole book.
If you’re a writer, I’m sure you really understand my dilemma. In fact, I’m really sure you also have a word that you catch yourself using more than you really need.

Please tell me I’m right.
Really!

REALLY?

REALLY? (Photo credit: the|G|™)

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About kymlucas

"Taking care not to take love too seriously." Writer of smart, fresh, contemporary romance and women's fiction. Blogging about writing, reading, and more recently, dealing with the ins and outs of breast cancer.
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8 Responses to Well, Really!

  1. Kristen Precht-Byrd says:

    From a sometimes freshperson comp teacher, I share your pain. My too-frequent word is ‘actually’. This word is especially bothersome because it suggests that I usually lie, but this time i’m telling the truth. But really’s a big one for me and my students, too.

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  2. dyanne conner says:

    I really liked your blog on the over use of the word really. I really did. It really hit home. I mean really it did. I didn’t really realize how much one uses the word really. It really was an eye opener. I’m really going to have to watch. I really can’t thank you enough. 🙂

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  3. I really really enjoy your blog..in fact, I think I want to make “really” a verb, connoting excess feelings of one kind or another? ….I reallied your post…

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