Thursday, June 18, 2009

Writing quote VIII (and IX)

Two quotes today, both from the inimitable Mark Twain, and both more or less about the same thing. Here's the first:

As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out.

And the second:

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

That's damn good advice, don't you think?


christinebongers said...

Excellent advice. Adjectives and adverbs are often used as a crutch for a weak sentence; use a stronger verb and the sentence will stand up for itself.

james roy said...

Damn straight.

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