Monday, March 8, 2010

You Should Do This.

Dont'cha love shoulds? Don't they just wreck the peaceful enjoyment of your hobbies? All the shoulds: should pay your taxes, should replace the roof, should feed the other humans in your house. Such a time-consuming bunch of tasks.

Here's one that isn't. It's one every writer should try:

Take one chapter of your book.
Remove all the adverbs.

That's it. That's all. Use your Find function and look for -ly endings. You can leave "family" in there, and "only" if you must. Everything else must go. See if your work doesn't sound more rigorous and professional.

Try it. You'll like it. Yes, you can feed the other people in your house first, if you must.

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