The easiest way to spice up your writing is to use better words.  Next time you want to use the word sad, try one of these instead:

bereaved, bitterblue, cheerless, dejected,despairingdespondentdisconsolatedismal,

distressed, downcast, forlorngloomy,

glum, heartbroken, heartsick, heavyhearted, hurting, in doldrums, in grief, languishing,

low, low-spirited,

lugubriousmelancholymorbidmorose, mournful,

sorrowfulsorrytroubled, wistfulwoebegone

How does Darth Vadar look to you?  He looks dejected to me.

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