#Meanwhile… Strong Writing Made Easier

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:

  • was
  • were
  • had
  • as
  • up
  • down
  • that
  • are

They look essential, right? Small words form the adhesive of great narrative, Shirley?

Not quite.

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:

VerySherryTerry’s Strong Writing Made Easier

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6 thoughts on “#Meanwhile… Strong Writing Made Easier”

  1. I’ve never liked the poor little ‘and’. On several occasions I’ve gone out of my way to avoid its use. However, I’m slowly reconsidering my objection. Having just finished reading a book that used it in abundance, I’m wondering if it’s one of those words that fades into the background; much like she/he said. It was only noticeable to me because, like all writers (presumably), I’m interested in the technicalities of the novel in addition to its content. The use of ‘and’ didn’t annoy me to the extent I imagined it would, so — although I’m not going to litter my work with the word – I’m definitely not going to be worried about using it more often. If nothing else it’ll stop the overuse of ‘as’, my go-to conjunction.

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