The Adverb is Not Your Friend

The Adverb is Not Your Friend

A writer friend of mine is slaving over a novel. He asked that I read the first page to see if it grabbed my attention. It did — but the wrong way. I counted 17 adverbs. On the first page. I found myself focusing on the adverbs — not the story. Then I had to tell him...
A Surefire Idea to Instantly Improve Your Writing

A Surefire Idea to Instantly Improve Your Writing

Years ago, when my children asked me to review their papers for school, I always responded with the same question: Did you already edit it? In the beginning, they always insisted they had. And then I proceeded to circle simple typos and grammatical errors that I know...

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