In support of Inkcouragement’s request to end the prejudice against parts of speech, here’s a passage I enjoyed writing: In return, he fed her taste for tales of times past with anecdotes of ancestral adventures that, while arguably apocryphal, nevertheless enticed her into joining him on jaunts that were admittedly fact-finding forays in name only. Of the many medieval churches and castles, Celtic high crosses, prehistoric passage tombs and battlefields to be found within the watershed of the River Boyne, not one escaped his dragnet – but while their travels also brought them to within eyeshot of Drogheda, not once did Dillon suggest visiting his wife’s grave. (Irish Firebrands, Chapter 11)
DOWN WITH ADVERBS! AVOID ALLITERATION ALWAYS! Aww… ‘always’ as an arduous atrocity. Absolutely awful.
Is anybody else sick of hearing this? It seems like every book I read on writing well, editing well, and living well talks about how adverbs and alliteration are the devil. How they suck the flow and rhythm of the writing down in to the depths. How they’re the tools of amateurs and how truly great writers never use them, except in the most dire of circumstances.
Well, you know what? I happen to LIKE adverbs! And alliteration! All right?
Of course, there should be some discretion in using them. One should probably not absolutely consent to finally use as many adverbs in their stunningly fluent and amazingly complicated prose.
As for alliteration… A little alliteration always assuages an angry alligator.
Okay, probably not. I just made that up. But seriously, sometimes writing needs a little…
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