Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Using the “Write” Words to Strengthen Your Writing -- Part 2

Okay, we’ve already talked about the importance of keeping adverbs to a minimum. What about adjectives? Adjectives, of course, are the words that modify, or describe, nouns – pretty, large, angry, petite, etc. I’m not going to spend much time on adjectives. I do want to point out that, while not as problematic as adverbs, they can be overused. Like adverbs, they have valid uses, but they often provide the lazy way out when it comes to descriptive writing.

If you want to know if your adjective is needed, test it in much the same way you would an adverb. For instance, instead of “a big house,” you’d want to say, “a mansion.” That’s a simple example, but you get the idea. Here’s a point I’ll probably repeat again: never use two words where one will suffice. But that’s for another post.

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