EDIT, REWRITE UNTIL YOU GET IT RIGHT!
Rewrite and edit until you perfect it. Ask any serious writer what their favorite part of writing is and you’ll likely find it’s the rewrite and polishing phase. On the other hand, ask a hack writer what part of writing they like and they’ll usually say it’s anything but rewriting.
Most beginning writers overuse adjectives and adverbs thinking that the more modifiers they pile on the better the mental image. The exact opposite is true. Mark Twain supposedly said, “If you ever come across an adjective, shoot it.” Of course he wasn’t serious about doing away with all adjectives, but he was cautioning new writers to shy away from modifiers unless absolutely necessary.
How many dark, cloudy, stormy, moonless nights does one have to see to carry that image for a lifetime? Lead the reader gently, but let him use his imagination. How would it sound to write – “That night, the wind shook the windows and I watched a strobe light display on the walls as flashes of lightning answered the bursts of thunder”? Notice how multiple prepositional phrases weaken the sentence, not to speak of the fact that you can write the same thing adequately with “That night, thunder shook the windows.” It ‘s safe to assume the reader has lain in bed and listened to a thunderstorm or two, so you don’t need much description.
Go through your manuscript word by word and find multiple adjectives. A good rule of thumb is to not use more than one modifier.
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