Tuesday’s Writing Tips: Avoid the Use of Qualifiers

Tuesday’s Writing Tips 

The Elements of Style

It’s time for another writing tip from the book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

Avoid the use of qualifiers.

Rather, very , little, pretty—these are the leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood of words. The constant use of the adjective little (except to indicate size) is particularly debilitating; we should all try to do a little better, we should all be very watchful of this rule, for it is a rather important one, and we are pretty sure to violate it now and then.

I love how the sarcasm runs deep within this paragraph. It gets the point across.

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Perfect-Moment-Inspiration-Picture-Quotes-Haiku

Today’s Haiku

moments tick by
stop…stop and appreciate
today’s offering

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What are you doing to make this day special?

~Nicole

Tuesday’s Writing Tips: Nouns and Verbs

Tuesday’s Writing Tips 

The Elements of Style

It’s time for another writing tip from the book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

Write with nouns and verbs.

Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjective and adverbs. The adjective hasn’t been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place. This is not to disparage adjective and adverbs; they are indispensable parts of speech. Occasionally they surpise us with their power, as in

Up the airy mountain,

Down the rushy glen,

We daren’t go a-hunting

For fear of little men…

The nouns mountain and glen are accurate enough, but had the mountain not become airy, the glen rushy, William Allingham might never have got off the ground with his poem. In general, however, it is nouns and verbs not their assistants, that give good writing its toughness and color.

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fear-not-haiku

Today’s Haiku

torch your fears and
fuel endeavors with courage—
accept failure

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Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

~Nicole