Using Adjectives and Adverbs Effectively

Using Adjectives and Adverbs Effectively

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” — Writerly idiom”The road to purgatory is paved with adjectives.” — A former writing colleague of mine Great writing is tight writing. One of the most frequent comments I make to clients is...
How to Bring Readers into an Experience

How to Bring Readers into an Experience

Language is symbolic. Words can’t possibly capture the essence of the person, place or thing they represent. That’s why people abuse adjectives and adverbs, to try and convey a noun or verb more precisely. But the word “cat,” for example, is...
Widening Our Circles of Compassion

Widening Our Circles of Compassion

“From a spiritual perspective, it’s never right to hate someone, and it’s never wrong to love someone.”  —Professor john a. powell,  Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Otherness and Belonging (Wisdom 2.0 2016)  For more...
Cutting Through the Woo

Cutting Through the Woo

A while back, I wondered about the origins of the phrase “woo-woo” (often shortened, including by me, as “woo”). In my mind, I heard the sound produced by a theremin—an instrument used to create ‘outer space’ sound effects for 1950s and 1960s sci-fi movies—and in the...
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