October 22

Tip: Adverbs are flexible, all-purpose modifiers that give us detail about verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. An adjective tells us about the noun, the adverb enhances the adjective and makes it bigger. But… they can also lead to unnecessary wording. “Very” doesn’t tell us much of anything – the desert was very hot. This can easily be rewritten showing us the character sweltering in the stifling heat. Adverbs often end in “ly” (though not always – as in the case of pretty, only, very, etc.). Check for your use of adverbs. Too many clutter the writing (“very pretty” can be rewritten as “beautiful”)

Thought for the day: “Most writers enjoy only two brief periods of happiness. First when what seems a glorious idea comes flashing into mind and, secondly, when a last page has been written and you have not yet had time to consider how much better it all ought to have been.” – J.B. Priestley

Jumpstart: It is the middle of the night and the phone rings. The voice on the other end says: “You won’t get away with it. I’ll see that you pay.” There is a scream and a loud crack and the line goes dead. Caller ID is “unavailable”. What, if anything, do you do? Did you deserve the call? Why?