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Stephen King says writers should stop using this one “very tired” word

The 71-year-old author suggests replacing the adjective "amazing" with something more "pungent & specific".

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Key Takeaways
  • In a tweet published Sunday night, Stephen King asked writers to stop using the word "amazing".
  • Many users agreed, also suggesting that similarly overused adjectives like "awesome" be retired.
  • In his 2000 bestselling book "On Writing: A Memoir to the Craft", King offered similar advice on overusing adverbs.

“Amazing” is one adjective that aspiring writers should nix and replace with something more “pungent & specific,” according to author Stephen King.

Note to writers: “Amazing” is very tired. “Amazing” needs a long vacation. Therefore, please don’t write about your amazing party, your amazing girlfriend’s amazing dress, or your amazing vacation. Something more pungent & specific, please.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 29, 2018


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