Today’s Writing Tip

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When you get to what you think is your final draft, start tightening your story by trimming adverbs, adjectives, and prepositional phrases. Many adverbs go away when you select the correct verb. Make sure adjectives contribute to imagery or emotional impact and avoid repeating them. Prepositional phrases are often necessary for clarity, but make sure it’s really needed and that you don’t repeat the same information later.  Read the sentence without each of these items to see what, if anything, they contribute.

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  1. LOL, when I wrote tech manuals, it was rare for me to use an adverb, but my first rough draft was rampant with them. I wonder if the little rascals are prevalent in fiction due to it being based on emotions (vs. information).

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