Welcome to craft in reverse, a blog series where I take a popular piece of writing advice and deconstruct it before your very eyes! Here’s hoping this isn’t a terrible idea.
This week’s piece of writing advice goes as follows: Don’t use adjectives or adverbs.
I really like this piece of advice. When one removes these simpler ways to add descriptive flavor the writer must rely on stronger verbs to deliver the desired meaning. Definitely, overusing adjectives and adverbs can make a piece a drag to read.
A well-placed adjective (Or even, GASP, an adverb!) can torque the emphasis of a sentence with vivid verb and subject to an even higher level. And sometimes, the opposite case, where one can deliver the meaning one intends most efficiently with simple descriptors.
Like practically every piece of writing advice, this one needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
This one is brief, but if it proved at all interesting or useful, let me know. I will be back next week with more of this series. In the mean-time enjoy the podcasts and other posts on this blog.
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This week on Alive After Reading, Tim is back for a chat with romance author, A.G. Kirkham. A.G. rocks. This conversation has a lot to do with writing as one’s best self, entirely thanks to her. Enjoy!