Post by doublejay9 on Jan 26, 2021 11:46:28 GMT -6
Allow me to take a stab at answering Example #4 -- the adverbs thing.
The rule against adverbs seems to originate from Hemingway who's famous for never using them. His work isn't *that* amazing imo. So it's beyond me why his style is being held up as something every writer should emulate.
Personally, I've come to treat adverbs like cumin. A little can add a lot of flavor, but too much can overpower the rest of the piece.
Oh I love that, Jay. And I also love cumin so this totally works for me as a comparison. I think adverbs can be greatly useful when you want to move quickly forward with your story and not dwell on the descriptions. There are places in my story where adverbs are necessary and helpful. And there are other places where I want to marinate the moment in beautiful artful descriptions.
I think a good challenge is to write something, a short story, with zero adverbs and instead convey emotion through other means.
Post by doublejay9 on Jan 27, 2021 17:42:39 GMT -6
I agree. No adverbs is a wonderful idea for a writing exercise. Same for not using “said”. As a habit, though, I think such restrictions are unnecessary. You’re denying yourself a bunch of useful vocabulary.
pelwrath: Thanks Jib, I started with about 2500 words of notes, created a new opening and have added to that story arc.
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whaleworkforfood: omg! the apple skittles are the worst!
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RAVENEYE: agreed! who decided on that genius idea???
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RAVENEYE: Congrats to the winners of our POETRY CONTEST!!! Check out the ANNOUNCEMENT to see who won what.
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ScintillaMyntan: Do we get to know who wrote what?
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RAVENEYE: Oh crap, I forgot to edit that. Thanks, Scintilla!
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RAVENEYE: there we go, sheesh
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Jib: Cognrats to the winners!!
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pelwrath: Well deserved congrats to the winners of the poetry contest. Cream does rise to the top and that contest was an excellent example.
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Alatariel: More ppl need to do the 100 Word Weekly Challenge! Go go! It closes...end of day tomorrow I believe?
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Jib: Aww, I think I might check it out next week. Don't think I'll have a chance to write things today!
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