October 17, 2013
10 Words to Cut From Your Writing — by Shanna Mallon
Nashville... I mean, she's gotta know Rex Hammock, right? Right?
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Don't cut any word from your writing if it feels right to you.
If you have the talent, it will be the readers thought, not the words.
Posted by: Joe Peach | Oct 18, 2013 4:53:00 PM
As a--may I use the word "very"?--experienced nonfiction writer, I would say I (permission please?) really disagree with (oops--again?) just about all of this list. The author seems to object to non-binary writing. I find it quite useful, at times. As an extreme minimalist, I very (d**n!) often use these words to round the corners off some unpleasant or unwelcome concept I am presenting to an audience I expect to be resistant. Tact is often simply a matter of degree.
That said, well, yes: Write simply. Avoid adverbs (says Stephen King) and minimize adjectives--but mainly in nonfiction. What's fiction without adjectives? Or, as the Count says in "The English Patient": "A thing is still a thing...."
Posted by: PT | Oct 18, 2013 10:30:53 AM
Yeah, well, some undiscovered literally genius people write really amazing things with words like this all the time and some day they will be like just very rich and perhaps they will buy stuff that maybe you want bad but have not got and you will be quite crazy mad jealous, ha ha.
Posted by: President, Guild of Really Amazing Writers | Oct 17, 2013 11:55:06 PM
Got it. That was literally a really amazing article full of just perhaps the most very important stuff for writing things.
Posted by: Carol | Oct 17, 2013 8:40:01 PM
Really? Nashville is just amazing enough for me to just about know maybe everyone here. I'm sure it's very likely we've got quite a few friends and other stuff in common.
Posted by: Rex Hammock | Oct 17, 2013 12:51:11 PM
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