Everyone gives advice in life and in writing and you know that they are usually intending to be helpful and all that, but sometimes you just want to scream at them to shut up.
I know! I know! That sounds harsh. But the truth is harsh.
Sometimes it’s hard to listen to people giving you advice when you know that they’re cheating on their wife or are a pathological liar or are just a really bad writer. Yet, these people almost always are still super assured of their RIGHTNESS, in their own brilliant advice, and their confidence and sometimes condescension makes you want to give them the finger.
You know we’re right. You know these people.
And sometimes these people are just repeating these edicts or mandates because they’ve heard them forever and they don’t think about them anymore, they just accept them as truths.
They aren’t truths.
So, here is a piece of writing advice that drives Carrie crazy.
DON’T USE ADJECTIVES OR ADVERBS. EVER.
Writing Tip of the Pod:
Use adjectives, adverbs, made-up-words. Use whatever you please, but make sure it sounds good.
Adjectives and adverbs are not the antichrist and there are places when they come in handy and make things beautiful. Like here:
“Below the knee, the hairiness came to a halt, and his legs narrowed into tough, bony, almost fleshless calves, terminating into shiny, cloven hooves, such as one might find on any billygoat.” – Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses
That sounds pretty damn good, doesn’t it?
But in a excerpt like this next one? Not so much.
His icky hair stopped right under his ugly knees. His narrow, bony calves ended in shiny hooves.
The point is to know what you’re doing. Find your style. Define it. Command it.
Dog Tip for Life:
You get to define you. Not others. Advice? Take it or leave it. Whenever something is presented to you as an absolute truth, take a moment and think about it. Question it. Question everything.
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