Adjectives: Less Is More

Adjectives: Less Is More

The long-haired cat with a bushy reddish tail and green eyes strode across the rocky, wet ground while surveying the tall green-speckled bamboo. Did you give up reading before getting to the end of that sentence? I needed a two-shot coffee just to write it! There a...
Royal Order of Adjectives

Royal Order of Adjectives

Nouns can be modified by multiple adjectives. For instance, “the old blue plastic bin.” But can you just order them in any way? “The plastic blue old bin” doesn’t sound quite right. That’s because there’s a royal order of...
Read Books in Your Genre

Read Books in Your Genre

Dialogs A client of mine has written a novel. While editing, I wonder how many novels he has read. (Also read on if you’re writing non-fiction. This is also relevant for you.) Often, his dialogs go like this: John said, “What’s the matter, Mary? Are you ill?” Mary...