Starting today, I’m going to be devoting Fridays to fellow bloggers I discover on these here internetz. You may not believe it, but sometimes other people have already said it better than me – yup. I know.
So, strap yourselves in, you writerly, readerly bastards, for here’s the first instalment of my #Meanwhile series…
A fellow Scribophile member recently gave me an excellent critique that highlighted some words I use far too frequently, including:
They look essential, right? Small words form the adhesive of great narrative, Shirley?
I have the habit of elongating my sentences with “as” conjunctions, in order to avoid an abundance of “and” or bitty staccato phrases. I have a freaking love affair with “as”, apparently, and it becomes gratingly obvious.
Sherry talks about these blunders, as well as using stronger words in place of adverbs, and how to strengthen paragraphs that contain weak vocabulary. A great post by a talented member of the Scribophile community and well worth a read for all those writers among my readership: