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  1. Talisien

    Talisien Member

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    Malicious murder of abject adjective is killing off legitimate lyricism!

    Discussion in 'The Art of Critique' started by Talisien, May 20, 2016.

    As I learn about the modern publishing process I am discovering that adjectives are stripped out of prose like weeds. Whatever happened to the legitimate use of descriptive word crafting? Is the modern novel becoming dry and too simplistic as a result? Are publishers catering to a public that no longer want to work at reading; savouring the technique and quality of the writing itself? Are they rendering the future to a more skeletal functional style?

    Care to Comment?
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Where are you "discovering" this?

    No adjectives have been stripped out of my writing so far in the publishing process.
     
  3. Witchymama

    Witchymama Active Member

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    Adjectives make up the bulk of my work. Flowery prose? Yes, but I like it.
     
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    I tend to have more flowery prose too, but that just happens when I don't restrict myself. My mind always goes to something more poetic sounding, and I don't think that's a bad thing. Just needs to be controlled - as does a more simplistic style of writing. :) There's nothing wrong with having a more flowery prose if you can perfect it and make it your own.
     
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  5. NiallRoach

    NiallRoach Contributing Member Contributor

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    Flowery is hard to do, which means that most people do it badly, which means that the majority of published prose is not flowery. Do it well, and there's no problem.

    Any questions?
     
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  6. Simpson17866

    Simpson17866 Contributing Member Contributor

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    Never use adverbs unless they are absolutely necessary.
     
  7. BayView

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    I haven't found it to be an issue.
     
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    I don't think writing anything is ever necessary unless there's a gun to your head.

    Oooh, i just got another book idea.
     
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    *never use adverbs unless they are absolutely necessary according to the specific and undefined ideal to which I write.
     
  10. Simpson17866

    Simpson17866 Contributing Member Contributor

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    Don't Explain the Joke ;)
     
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    NiallRoach Contributing Member Contributor

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    Wasn't sure that was a joke, honestly.
     
  12. Simpson17866

    Simpson17866 Contributing Member Contributor

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    "Absolutely" is an adverb
     
  13. NiallRoach

    NiallRoach Contributing Member Contributor

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    I got it, don't worry about that. I just wasn't sure if you were being serious and had deemed it necessary.
     
  14. Sack-a-Doo!

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    When I was writing with a partner (many years ago) we once ran afoul of the word 'angrily.' On the index cards, the character was doing everything angrily and after speaking the word out loud several dozen times while working out kinks in the plot, it really started to sound ludicrous. It was also losing its meaning which, I think, was a by-product of it being an adverb.

    That's when we decided we had to find another way. But we never did and I believe this was one of the contributing factors to my partner running away to L.A. But at least he didn't do it angrily. (Personally, I think he did it afraidedly, but since that's not a word and we've never discussed it, I can't confirm.)
     
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