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Pt 3: High-Frequency Word Alternatives for Writers

High-Frequency Word Alternatives for Writers

Every writer has them... high-frequency or "crutch" words, if you will. If you're anything like me, they tend to change with each unique work. Word phrases like "no longer," and "this time," for example. With a little help from 34 Editing, the editor who made my Daughter of Perdition Series pretty, we decided to provide you all with several alternatives to some of the more frequent over-used word phrases in fiction.


Click here to check out part one of this three-part series.

Click here to check out part two of this three-part series.


For handy bonus graphics that correlate with some of the ideas listed in this blog post series, skip to the High-Frequency Word Alternatives for Writers Pinterest Board!



Kind of/Sort of

  • moderately

  • mildly

  • reasonably

  • lightly

  • somewhat

  • similar to

  • low-key

  • tolerably


No longer

  • bygone

  • preceded/precedent

  • former

  • previous

  • anymore


No doubt

  • assumably

  • likely/most likely

  • in all likelihood

  • seeming/seemingly

  • doubtless

  • clear/clearly

  • presume/presumptively


No matter

  • despite

  • neglectful/negligent

  • blind

  • regardless/without regard

  • derelict

  • heedless/unheeding

  • howbeit

  • nonetheless

  • nevermind


Even if/Even though

  • albeit

  • despite

  • supposing

  • allowing

  • whereas

  • considering

  • insomuch

  • that said

  • regardless


At the moment

  • directly

  • straightaway

  • right away

  • promptly

  • contiguous

  • current

  • immediate


This time

  • contemporarily

  • nowadays

  • at present/in the present

  • circumstances

  • at this juncture/moment/point/stage

  • right off

  • straight off


After this/After that

  • subsequently

  • forevermore

  • after/afterward/afterwhile

  • thenceforth

  • ensuing

  • hereinafter

  • ultimately

  • consequently

  • as a result


There you have it -- several high-frequency word [phrase] alternatives. Check out my High-Frequency Word Alternatives for Writers Pinterest Board to access the bonus graphics that correlate with some of the ideas listed in this blog post!



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