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by Mark Nichol Adjectives — descriptive words that modify nouns — often come under fire for their cluttering quality, but often it’s quality, not quantity, that is the issue. Plenty of tired adjectives are available to spoil a good sentence, but when you find just the right word for the job, enrichment ensues. Practice precision when you select words.
Writing is a muscle.
The basic thesis of Stephen Marche’s becomes obvious very early on (as in, it is expressed in the title).
Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
The attention we’re giving the term ‘storytelling’ these days is certainly well deserved, but the sheer amount of it simultaneously pushes us closer and closer to that cruddy umbrella-shaped place where words can mean both everything and nothing. And so, to clarify: the purpose of traditional storytelling is to create engagement by conveying events and messages through words, images or sounds. I’d argue that the same goes for the so-called “business of storytelling” (hat tip to @goonth for that one), but with a strategic twist: engagement, ultimately, as a means of building brand affinity. We Like You! We Really Like You!
My problem is that I start working on a project, finish chapter one, and decide I'm not happy with it.
There are forces at large in the universe that are capable of causing us harm. Some of these forces are faceless energies without motive or drive that simply wash over others, causing pain and destruction.
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I read this cool article last week — “ 30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself ” — and I thought, hey, heeeey , that’s interesting. Writers might could use their own version of that.
Image from Flickr by Lazurite This is not particularly relevant to the post, but I’m getting an awful lot of comments telling me, often a little snarkily, “it’s ‘THAT’ not ‘WHICH’”. The “don’t use which for restrictive clauses” rule comes (as far as I can tell) from Strunk and White.
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Shakespeare Insult Kit
Seen a lot of folks giving advice to so-called “aspiring” writers these days, so, I figured what the hell? Might as well throw my dubious nuggets of wisdom into the stew. See if any of this tastes right to you.
Prettiest Words, Alphabetized (1,027) Abattoir: a slaughterhouse; massacre Absinthe: wormwood liquor of a bright-green color