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...
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...
POV, part 2: Alternatives and Constraints

POV, part 2: Alternatives and Constraints

In the first POV post, you learned about why POV (perspective) is important, and about separating facts from interpretations. First-person POV has considerable limitations. However, there are ways to work around it, to create a richer, more engaging reading...
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