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The Weak Word Checklist – K.M. Allan. Not all words are created equal, and as a writer, you can devote many hours to finding the best perfect one. While playing with word choice and re-writing sentences until you get them just right can help capture what you’re trying to invoke, a weak word can do the opposite. But how do you know which exact words will pull the strength from your sentences? That’s a skill you’ll learn to develop as you grow as a writer. In the meantime, the following checklist is a good place to start. The Rules Use your Find/Search function to scour your MS for the following words. If your sentence makes sense without the weak word – Delete itIf the weak word adds clarity – Keep itIf deleting the weak word makes the sentence better but confusing – Delete the word and rewrite the sentence The Weak Word Checklist Feel free to add or remove any words to suit your style and voice. Deleting A Weak Word For A Stronger Sentence – The buildings around him were dark and empty, but he didn’t feel alone.

. — K.M. Like this: The Delete Checklist – K.M. Allan. Words. You can’t be a writer without them. We use them to convey our thoughts and feelings, to create worlds and the characters living in them. Words give us our voice, but they can also muddle it. Just because you can write using all the words doesn’t mean that you should. Being too wordy can actually be a bad thing. By removing unnecessary words, you’re left with strong, clear prose. But some of these words add depth and character, you might argue. This isn’t a complete checklist.

The Rules Please remember that not every instance needs to be deleted. If it makes sense without it, cut it.If it’s needed for clarity/depth/etc, keep it. The Delete Checklist For those wondering if you’ll have any words left after going through this list, keep the following example in mind… Jessica knelt down to get the fallen streamer and threw it in the bin. Not only is adding down twice in one sentence bad writing, it’s the perfect example of why you should have a delete checklist. — K.M. Like this: Related. Thesaurus.com | Find Synonyms and Antonyms of Words at Thesaurus.com. Dictionary.com | Find the Meanings and Definitions of Words at Dictionary.com. List of Feeling Words. Situational Irony: Definition & Examples. Different hairstyles and descriptive words for hair.

Words to Describe Skin Color. Verbal Irony: Types. Critical Concepts Verbal Irony Verbal irony is a figure of speech. The speaker intends to be understood as meaning something that contrasts with the literal or usual meaning of what he says. The different sorts of discrepancy between the meaning of what is said and what is in fact on the particular occasion meant with it give rise to different kinds of verbal irony: In sarcasm, the two stand in opposition. Example: Mother comes into the TV room and discovers her 11-year-old watching South Park instead of doing his homework, as he was set to a dozen minutes ago.

Pointing to the screen she says, "Don't let me tempt you from your duties, kiddo, but when you're finished with your serious studies there, maybe we could take some time out for recreation and do a little math. " The term comes directly into English from the Greek sarkasmos, which in turn derives from the ugly verb sarkazsein, "to tear the flesh" (used of dogs). Example: "My, you've certainly made a mess of things! " Examples: Notes.

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