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Lose the Lukewarm Writing – Going from Tepid to Torrid

 

I’m inclined to agree…
I was a little upset…
It was almost too much to bear…
He was kind of difficult…
She was barely passing…
She was practically salivating…

These limp descriptions are the tepid water of writing – the equivalent of a timid hand raised half way with no real expectation of being called upon. Continue reading “Lose the Lukewarm Writing – Going from Tepid to Torrid” »

Pontificating with Purple Prose

 

If there’s a passage I’m overly proud of—it usually means I need to cut it. There is a big difference between a well-crafted sentence relevant to the story, and one that sounds impressive but does nothing to move the story forward. This kind of self-indulgence is referred to as purple prose: metaphor after metaphor; meandering musings that take you nowhere; more scenic descriptions than a travel guide. In other words, those parts we skim to get to the good stuff. When I find purple prose in my work, I ask myself what purpose it serves. Am I trying to prove I can be as erudite as the next person or does the prose add needed melody and cadence? Purple prose is like an exotic spice—a little goes a long way—too much and it overpowers the entire dish. Continue reading “Pontificating with Purple Prose” »