Infographic: 16 Boring Verbs & What to Use Instead

I would not actually call these verbs boring, but if you checked your latest work and found you used one a lot, you might want to consider the alternatives.



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Richard Hershberger12 February, 2020

    I see boundless potential for hilariously terrible results from writers who don’t know what these words mean, and take this infographic as saying they are actual synonyms.

    1. Nate Hoffelder12 February, 2020

      hehe – that will be fun, yes!

  2. Gordon Horne13 February, 2020

    I saw the title and thought maybe my ESL students could use it. I saw the list and thought maybe not.

    Student to homestay parent, “Hand over ten dollars.”

  3. Allen F14 February, 2020

    Know the rules. Become one with the rules.

    For only by knowing the why of each rule can you bend or break it to deliver a good story. 😉

  4. Stan SCHWARTZ16 February, 2020

    Foment. … Foment. … There must be something. Foment. … I’m so tired of that word. Foment?

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