it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken
matociquala

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I may not be coming back--

Damn it. Five years of trying to eradicate the prepositional phrase infestation in my prose, and it's still there, just more subtle than before, robbing the language of vigor and cluttering up the narrative. And even worse, I've discovered an even more subtle and insidious habit of mine, which involves all these needless words to qualify things that would be perfectly clear by implication.

Say palm, Bear, not the palm of her hand. Say She bolted, not she bolted across the room and through the door and over the hill, away from him.

Brevity is confidence. Confidence is strength. Strength is narrative drive.

Quit faffing about and tell what happens.

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