Skip to main content

You are here

16 Word Substitutions to Improve Boring Writing

by George Mathews | The Web Writer Spotlight: Oct 27, 2017

Writing is a personal and introspective craft that requires a lot of meticulous editing and word substitutions to deliver a powerful punch. A good way to improve your grammar expression and writing effectiveness is to choose words carefully and substitute those that do not strengthen your work.  

Substitute jargon, commonly overused words and uninteresting terms with stronger words that enhance your craft and make it more effective. To determine if your word choices are the best for your purpose, ask yourself some basic questions, including:  

  • Does this word choice fit the tone and style of my writing?
  • Are there other terms or word substitutions that compliment this term?
  • How does this substitute word change the feel and flow of my writing?
  • Do the word substitutions fit with my writing style and purpose?
  • Do these substitutions fit with my message? How about with my audience?

Asking these questions can help you instantly elevate your writing from boring to exciting, and make it more effective and expressive.  


Resource for Substituting Boring Words (Infographic)




The folks from GrammarCheck have created a neat infographic that features a list of 16 of the most common words in texts of all sorts, along with a handful of interesting substitutions for each one.

This infographic can be a handy go-to resource for substituting or replacing some of the most boring and overused terms whenever you want to spruce up you writing. (Click image to enlarge.)


16 Boring Words & What to Use Instead (Infographic)


Read Also: Harvard’s Steven Pinker on How to Be a Great Writer.


George Mathews is a staff writer for He is passionate about personal growth and development.

Image credit: liquene via flickr



SHARE: Share to Facebook   Share to Twitter   Share to LinkedIn    More +                           Share to E-mail  E-mail    Printr  Print


Subscribe to our Newsletter

morenews_arrow.gif  Get all the latest news, tips & inspiration in your inbox free!

No spam email. Just great tips. Promise.



Recommended read

Thanks for supporting WWS with these affiliate links.