Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Those Pesky Adjectives and Adverbs Again

“Be sparing with modifiers, saving them for extraordinary elements of creating a mood.” --Jessica Page Morrell in Between the Lines.

I taught a workshop on flash fiction earlier this month. In one session I discussed the importance of word choice, with a special section on adjectives and adverbs. In my fiction, I don’t use adverbs, but the reader will find a smattering of adjectives. Many writing teachers instruct their students to avoid using adverbs and adjectives--period. My suggestion to the workshop students was to have a darn good reason for using either, along with words like just, once, that, and other empty words.

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