WRITING EXERCISE: OVERUSED WORDS Recognizing and avoiding being repetitive in your roleplay posts. Take a look at some of your roleplay posts. Do you see any words in there that you seem to use ALL the time? Repeatedly? Often a couple times in the same post? And I'm not talking about the common words like "the" and "and". Descriptive words! Said. Awesome. Good. Nice. Mad. Engorged. ...You get what I'm saying, right? ;) Sometimes our writing gets repetitive. This is especially true for a roleplayer who might be playing a similar character or scene out across multiple roleplays. How do you keep your posts FRESH? Interesting? Unique? With a varied vocabulary! Replace a common word you use with a different word. Changing that one word can add a whole different sort of atmosphere and interest to your post. Adding additional words can make it even BETTER. FOR EXAMPLE: The food tasted good. The food tasted amazing. The food tasted incredible. The food tasted like a soggy wet box with salt dumped on it. The food tasted like a sweet and spicy mix of heaven. As you can see, changing one word changed the meaning of the sentence. The addition of more description gave it even more depth. YOUR EXERCISE PART ONE: Take one (or more) of YOUR larger sized roleplay posts. Scan the sentences for words that you have a repeat problem of over using. (For example, I tend to use "as" too much.) Change the words or structure of the sentences so you are not using the same descriptive word more than once. PART TWO: Read the paragraph below. Rewrite this paragraph using more interesting words and sentences! Do not use any of the descriptive words that are already in the paragraph. You can make this scene as long or as short as you want, just make sure not to repeat yourself! He walked in to the dark room. On the table was a brown leather bound book. He picked it up and began to read. Inside were beautiful pictures. More colorful images filled his vision with each turn of the page. His mind was consumed by the enchanting words. He dropped the book to the floor and fled from the room. The sound of chilling laughter followed him.