1. Very – Ladies and gentlemen, the most useless word in the English language!
2. Just – Just is the plain, unsalted potato chip of writing.
3. So – You think you should use this word as a conjunction, but you so shouldn’t.
4. Really – For real.
5. Literally – Reserved for Rob Lowe.
I’ve listed these in the order of personal annoyance. When reading for Apex Magazine the overuse of these words are typically a red flag calling out “Newbie author at work here.”
On an unrelated note, I was a guest for a recent episode of the Sequential Spirits podcast. Give it a listen. It is 80 minutes of me facing down my arch nemesis, Tressa Bowling.
http://traffic.libsyn.com/beaucouppop/SequentialEp7.mp3 (Opens to Libsyn player)