Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
I'm writing my next book under a pseudonym. It will be Mark Twain's best young adult romance."
If Mark Twain had had Twitter, he would have been amazing at it. But he probably wouldn't have gotten around to writing Huckleberry Finn.
Lieber eine starke Mark als einen weichen ECU.
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
Mark Twain said, 'The right word is to the nearly right word as lightning is to the lightning bug.' Fill your book with lightning.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
E. L. Doctorow